British Stormer HVM in Ukraine shot down two Orlan-10 drones
KYIV ($1 = 36.92 Ukrainian hryvnia)s) – The combat debut in Ukraine of the British Stormer HVM short-range mobile air defense system [high velocity missile] has been documented. This is reported by sources on the ground, sharing photos on social media. According to them, the British system shot down two Russian Orlan-10 drones.
There is no information on when or where this happened. The sources also claim that the Stormer HVM also shot down a Su-25 fighter, but there is no evidence of this. The Stormer HVM used one of two missiles – the Starstreak or the Martlet.
Starstreak is a British short-range surface-to-air missile [SAM]. The Armed Forces of Ukraine have been using this missile almost since the beginning of the war, but in the MANPADS version. London announced that it would deliver Starstreak to Kyiv in early March this year. The Starstreak HVM is a laser beam munition reaching a flight speed of Mach 4 and has an impact delay.
Martlet is a lightweight air-to-surface [ASM]ground to air [SAM]and surface-to-surface missile [SSM]. The operational range of this missile is 8 km and it travels at a speed of Mach 2. The Starstreak HVM and the Martlet are developed and manufactured by Thales Air Defense.
Britain has agreed to donate an undisclosed number of combat vehicles from the Alvis Stormer military armored vehicle family. Sources claim that at least six of this unknown number are HVM Stormers. Delivery was made at the end of July. In April, Ukrainian soldiers were trained in Britain to work with the system.
Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022
On February 21, 2022, the Russian government claimed that Ukrainian bombing had destroyed an FSB border facility on the Russian-Ukrainian border. Moscow also claimed to have killed 5 Ukrainian soldiers who were trying to enter Russian territory. Ukraine denied involvement in both incidents and called them a false flag.
On the same day, the Russian government officially recognized the self-declared DPR and LPR as independent states. According to Putin, not only in their de facto controlled areas, but in Ukrainian oblasts as a whole. Putin ordered Russian troops, including tanks, to enter the regions.
On February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine by Russian armed forces previously concentrated along the border. The invasion was followed by targeted airstrikes on military buildings in the country, as well as tanks entering through the Belarusian border.
So far, Russia has not recognized the invasion of Ukraine as a “war”although that is exactly what it is, claiming that it is a “special military operation”. According to the UN, in which Russia has its permanent representation, for military action to be defined as “special military operation”, it must have a resolution issued by the UN. There is no such resolution, which automatically defines Russian military actions as invasion and war against Ukrainian citizens.
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