UK/UKRAINE: The UK has supplied a number of Storm Shadow cruise missiles to Ukraine, CNN has reported, citing senior Western officials. The missile is “a real game changer from a range perspective,” a senior US military official told CNN, commenting on the shipment, which the news channel reported on Thursday.
A previous report in The Washington Post said the delivery was looming.
The weapon was developed in the 1990s by the UK and France and is typically launched from the air. It can strike targets up to 300 kilometers (200 miles) away, which is comparable to the US-made ground-launched Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).
Storm Shadow is an Anglo-French low-observable, long-range, air-launched cruise missile developed since 1994 by Matra and British Aerospace, and now manufactured by MBDA. Storm Shadow is the weapon’s British appellation. In French service, it is called SCALP-EG (which stands for “Système de Croisière Autonome à Longue Portée – Emploi Général“; English: “General Purpose Long-Range Cruise Missile”). The missile is based on the French-developed Apache anti-runway cruise missile. They differ in that the Storm Shadow carries a warhead instead of submunitions.
Therefore, NATO’s “proxy” war against Russia continues, which began in 2014 with the coup in Kiev when was planned by the Anglo-Saxon intelligence Five Eyes which involved the British embassy and Her Majesty’s MI6 counterintelligence. But Moscow is not being found unprepared…
«Despite the military support coming from the West, the enemy is suffering great losses.. Over the past month, the Armed Forces of Ukraine has lost over 15,000 troops. Russian units managed to destroy eight airplane, 277 unmanned aerial vehicles, 430 tanks and other armoured vehicles, 18 multiple-launch rocket systems, 225 field artillery cannons and mortars».
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said during the teleconference with the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation leadership on May, 2, 2023.
President Volodymyr Zelensky, in an exclusive interview with BBC, has stated that Ukraine requires more time to launch a much-anticipated counteroffensive against Russian forces as its military awaits the delivery of promised military aid.
Speaking from his headquarters in Kyiv, Zelensky stated that combat brigades, which were trained by NATO countries, were “prepared” for the counteroffensive.
However, he acknowledged that there were still gaps in the army’s capabilities, such as the need for armored vehicles, which were “being delivered in stages.”
In total, 420 airplanes and 230 helicopters, 4,062 unmanned aerial vehicles, 421 air defence missile systems, 9,067 tanks and other armoured combat vehicles, 1,098 combat vehicles equipped with MLRS, 4,780 field artillery cannons and mortars, as well as 10,103 units of special military equipment have been destroyed during the Russian special military operation.
«The Russian groups of forces depend to a great extend on timely replenishment of military hardware and armament. Russia’s leadership has set the task for the defence industry enterprises to boost the production pace and volume. The necessary measures have already been taken» Shoigu explained.
«Consequently, compared to the start of 2022, the quantity of significant weapons acquired has increased 2.7-fold, and the quantity of particularly highly demanded weapons has increased 7-fold» Russian Defence Minister added.
«It is equally vital to increase the capacity of repair and restoration facilities. At present, the number of weapons repaired each day exceeds the number of weapons out of service by a ratio of three to two. The number of malfunctioning vehicles that need to be fixed has been reduced by a factor of 1.5 as a result of organisational initiatives».
Onte of the other topics discussed during the teleconference has been the execution of a state defence order by the Tactical Missiles Corporation.
«The enterprise provides the special military operation zone with a large number of air- and sea-based weaponry, many of which are unmatched. The Corporation has entered serial production for several of the newest weapon types after quickly completing all development stages. Existing, updated, and new designs are still being developed» Shoigu pointed out.
«The enterprise completes the state defence order on time. It is now necessary to boost high-precision weaponproduction as soon as possible» concluded.
by Fabio Giuseppe Carlo Carisio
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