The information in this report is based on details provided by Russian RT News regarding the challenges faced by Ukraine’s air defense systems against Russian supersonic missiles, highlighting the significance of advanced defense equipment and conditional weapon supply amid ongoing conflict.
According to statements from Ukrainian Air Force Command spokesperson Yury Ignat reported by Russian RT News, Ukraine faces significant difficulties intercepting Russian supersonic missiles, including the Kh-22 and Kh-32, with none intercepted out of an estimated 300 launched by Russia.
Despite a recent major missile attack by Moscow involving 50 ‘group strikes’ and a ‘massive’ barrage using precision missiles and drones, Ukrainian forces struggled to counter the assault. Ignat revealed that Ukrainian air defense systems were unable to intercept any of the Kh-22 or Kh-32 missiles, posing a challenge due to their speed of 4,000kph and ballistic trajectory.
Ignat highlighted the necessity of ‘special equipment’ like the US-made Patriot air defense system to effectively intercept these supersonic missiles. He pointed out that since February 2022, Ukrainian air defense systems have not successfully intercepted any of the 300 Kh-22 and Kh-32 rockets launched by Russian forces.
Ukraine previously received Patriot systems from Western allies and reportedly used them, despite initial vows not to utilize donated weapons outside their claimed territories. Last month, Ukraine claimed the use of these systems in attacks on Russian military aircraft, an action unconfirmed by Russia.
Despite Ukraine’s appeals for more advanced weaponry, the US and its allies have emphasized conditional supply, urging Ukraine not to use these weapons against Russian territories. US Army General Mark Milley reiterated that the conflict is Ukrainian, not involving the US or NATO directly against Russia.
In response to Western arms shipments to Ukraine, Russia has condemned these actions, warning that they could escalate the conflict without altering its outcome. Moscow asserts that any Western arms reaching Ukraine will be legitimate targets and promptly destroyed.