Ukraine needs long-range air defense to protect from Russian guided bombs
Consequences of bombardment of the Sumy Oblast with guided aerial bombs (Photo:Андрій Єрмак/Telegram)
Ukraine needs long-range air defense systems and multipurpose aircraft to deal with the guided bombs Russia is using more frequently, said Air Forces spokesperson Yurii Ihnat on national television on March 28.
"We can see a recent increase in the activity of their tactical aircraft that launch not only long-range missiles, but also guided bombs on the areas close to the frontline," Ihnat said.
The best way to counter this threat is to keep Russian aircraft, which launch missiles and guided bombs, away from the border and the frontline, he added.
Russia uses FAB-500 Soviet-designed air-dropped bombs that have been modernized to guided ones, he clarified.
"It's guided bombs of the Soviet times with 'wing-kits' attached to them that are capable of targeting by GPS coordinates. A Russian fighter jet can stay beyond the reach of our air defense and drop bombs from a distance of about 40-50 km away from the border or the frontline," Ihnat said.
This isn't a high-precision weapon, so bombs often hit civilian facilities, he emphasized.
Ten Russian Su-35 fighter jets dropped 11 guided bombs and launched a Kh-31P missile on Sumy Oblast on March 24.
Russia also dropped a guided bomb on Bilopillia in Sumy Oblast in the early hours of March 28.
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