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Ukrainian AA defense units, army aviation practice in downing enemy UAVs

The military trained to shoot down the drones in situations when the use of surface-to-air missiles is inappropriate
14:58, 8 October 2018

112 Agency

Ukraine’s army aviation and anti-aircraft defense units held the joint exercise, improving their skills in shooting down hostile drones.

Ukraine-made Leleka UAVs were used to imitate the enemy devices. Helicopter pilots tracked them down, then opened fire from machineguns. This is the way to down the hostile UAVs in situations when the use of surface-to-air missiles is inappropriate.

Last month, the Ukrainian military successfully tested Oskol, the domestically made non-guided missiles. During this round of field probes, Sukhoi Su-24 frontline bomber carried the ammunition and fired it. This particular modification of the ammunition lets the missiles explode in the air several meters away from the target, which releases more pieces of shrapnel on it. The missiles are supposed to effectively hit the armored vehicles and firing positions of the enemy. Previously, the ammunition was tested on Mi-8 helicopters.

As 112 International reported, since Sunday morning, pro-Kremlin militants shelled the emplacements of the Ukrainian military 27 times. The government troops suffered no casualties in action, the HQ of the Joint Forces Operation reported. The enemy fired Minsk-banned weapons 11 times over the said period. 

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