Brit high velocity missile ‘rips in half Russian helicopter in first use’

A British Starstreak high velocity anti-air missile has brought down its first Russian helicopter with footage showing the aircraft split in two, it is reported

A British missile reportedly shot down its first Russian helicopter. stock images

A Russian helicopter is thought to have been shot down by an ultra modern British missile in its first use after being supplied to the Ukraine army.

Footage shows Starstreak, a high-velocity portable anti-air missile, hitting the helicopter and ripping it in half over the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, it is reported.

The Starstreak is the UK’s most advanced manned portable missile system and hits targets with three kinetic darts.

A video showing the tail of a Mi-28N helicopter being snapped off has been verified, reported The Times, with a Ministry of Defense source saying it showed a Starstreak in action in Ukraine.

The source also said that the anti-air missile system has been used in Ukraine for almost a week.

The Starstreak missile has been provided to Ukraine forces by the British army



Vladimir Putin’s negotiators have said this week that Russian forces would ease back from attacks on Kyiv and northern Ukraine although shelling has continued and there is a fear that they are simply regrouping.

It comes as Ukraine has managed to retake some territory taken from the Russians especially around Kyiv.

Ukrainian President Zelenskiy said in a video address that the military situation in the east remained extremely difficult and Russia was preparing for new strikes in the Donbas region and the city of Kharkiv.

He added that Russian troops in the north of the country were pulling back, slowly but noticeably.

The helicopter was shot down in the Luhansk region of Ukraine


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Following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on February 24, the UK’s defense secretary, Ben Wallace, said Starstreak missiles would be sent to help protect the country.

In a statement to MPs, he said: “In response to a Ukrainian request, the Government has made the decision to explore the donation of Starstreak high-velocity manned portable anti-air missiles.

“We believe that this system will remain within the definition of defensive weapons but will allow the Ukrainian force to better defend their skies.

“We shall also be increasing the supplies of rations, medical equipment and other non-lethal military aid.”

The Starstreak missile has been used in Ukraine for almost a week, it is reported



The UK has insisted it will not put troops on the ground in Ukraine but, along with NATO allies, it will supply defensive support to President Zelensky’s troops.

The defense secretary stressed the Government is “bound by the decision to supply defensive systems” and not escalate the war.

The UK provided 4,000 anti-tank weapons to Ukraine’s armed forces, including Next-Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapons Systems, or NLAWs, and Javelin missiles.

And then at the end of March, Britain announced that it was sending another 6,000 missiles to Ukraine which included anti-tank and high explosive weapons, along with another £25million for the Ukrainian military.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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