Air force tells how drones were shot down by NASAMS air defenses during night attack

1 January, 05:18 PM
Air Force barely had time to reload NASAMS during the night drone attack (Photo:Paul-760 / flickr.com)

Air Force barely had time to reload NASAMS during the night drone attack (Photo:Paul-760 / flickr.com)

Ukraine’s air defense forces have mastered the use of the NASAMS anti-aircraft missile system, allowing them to destroy all of the Iraniankamikaze drones launched by Russia on the night of Jan. 1, Air Force spokesman Colonel Yuriy Ihnat said on Ukrainian national television on Jan. 1.

“We see that the sky was really under reliable protection,” Ihnat said.

“… Our servicemen barely had time to reload the NASAMS. They were firing almost like artillery. It’s probable that no one else has such experience of using this air defense system: reloading the unit and destroying aerial targets during the battle.”

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He said this indicates that Ukraine needs more of these systems.

“There are missiles, but we need more (launchers). This is another signal to our partners – how skillfully and effectively our pilots, who only received training a few weeks ago, can use foreign-made combat equipment in such fighting conditions,” he said.

Ihnat confirmed that all 45 kamikaze drones sent by the enemy to Ukraine on New Year’s Eve were destroyed by Ukrainian air defense units.

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