Russian Supersonic Jet Downed in Ukrainian Drone Strike

A flagship Russian supersonic jet, the Tupolev Tu-22, was reportedly destroyed by a Ukrainian , with photos of the flaming aircraft emerging on social platforms. According to the BBC and Ukrainian media outlets, the aircraft, which had been significantly involved in missile strikes against , was engulfed in flames.

The BBC pinpointed the burning wreckage to be south of St. Petersburg after analyzing the visuals against archived satellite imagery of the location.

While 's defense ministry did confirm an airstrike on a military airfield in the Novgorod region, leading to a fire and damage to one warplane, they haven't commented directly on these recent images.

The ministry clarified, “As a result of the terrorist attack on the territory of the airfield, a fire broke out in the parking lot of aircraft, which was quickly eliminated by . One aircraft was damaged.”

This isn't an isolated incident. The New Voice of Ukraine shared that recent Ukrainian drone attacks damaged five aircraft.

They cited Ukrainian intelligence, or GUR, revealing that besides the Tu-22 M3 destroyed on August 19th, two more aircraft faced damage.

Further, on August 21st, drone assaults in Kaluga damaged two bomber planes, all credited to the GUR's operations.

It's worth noting that earlier in January, the UK Ministry of Defence reported a tragic incident. They said, “An “AS-4 Kitchen” large anti-ship missile, launched from a Russian “Tu-22M3 Backfire” medium bomber, highly likely struck a block of flats in Dnipro city, which resulted in the death of at least 40 people.”

Drone-based attacks within Russian territory seem to be escalating. Just this past Saturday, Russia claimed to have intercepted a missile from Ukraine over the Crimean peninsula.

Furthermore, two civilians were injured when Russian defenses neutralized a Ukrainian drone and its debris fell over a Moscow residence.

According to Rosaviatsia, the Russian aviation authority, this incident caused significant disruption at Moscow's airports, affecting nearly 47 flights.

As the tensions between Ukraine and Russia persist, it's clear that the mode of warfare is shifting. With drones becoming a pivotal part of strategic assaults, the impact of these unmanned crafts on future conflicts remains to be seen.

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Haye Kesteloo
Haye Kesteloo

Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Founder of DroneXL.co, where he covers all drone-related news, DJI rumors and writes drone reviews, and EVXL.co, for all news related to electric vehicles. He is also a co-host of the PiXL Drone Show on YouTube and other podcast platforms. Haye can be reached at haye @ dronexl.co or @hayekesteloo.

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