Keep in suspense: frequent alarms throughout Ukraine explained in the Air Force
Over the past few days, air raid alerts have been announced more frequently throughout Ukraine. This situation is associated with the activity of the MiG-31K.
This fighter began to take off more often. Yuriy Ignat, spokesman for the Air Force Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, spoke about this on Channel 24 .
There is something to live with and comply with the requirements. People are asked to take care of themselves and their loved ones, – the speaker of the Air Force emphasized.
The Russians are training
It can be assumed, says Ignat, that the flights on March 14 were training. Takeoffs took place from the territory of Russia (Savasleyka) and Belarus (Machulishchi). Thus, the enemy is probably training junior aircrew to strengthen their abilities in the future.
“When he flies to keep us on our toes, the map is red for about 1.5 hours until he runs out of fuel and lands back at the airfield,” Ignat emphasized.
Note! The MiG-31K is a carrier of the Kinzhal hypersonic missiles. It is known that the enemy can hit any Ukrainian city with them without flying into our airspace.
What missiles can be shot down by Ukrainian air defense
- Experts say that if air defense shoots down 30% of cruise missiles, this is already considered a success. Ukraine can shoot down only those missiles that allow existing systems.
- The Air Force notes that the Ukrainian air defense is armed with Buk-M1 and S-300. There are also aircraft – “MiG” and “Su”. Thanks to them, Ukraine can shoot down such enemy missiles: “Caliber” (3M14) – a sea-based cruise missile (the enemy attacks from the Black Sea – Channel 24), Kh-101 / Kh-555 / Kh-55 – air-launched cruise missiles, R -500 (9M728) is a ground-based cruise missile from the Iskander-K complex (similar to Caliber), Kh-59 is an air-to-ground guided missile, Kh-35 is an air, sea or coastal anti-ship missile.
- Unfortunately, Ukrainian air defense does not have the ability to shoot down ballistic missiles. For example, Iskander-M, which the Russians actively used at the beginning of the war, or the outdated Tochka-U complexes that hit the Kramatorsk railway station. The Ukrainian Defense Forces cannot intercept MLRS missiles such as Smerch. The Kh-47 Kinzhal hypersonic aeroballistic missile, used from MiG-31K aircraft, is also not affected by Ukrainian air defense.