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Among the trophies are Orlan, Zala and Lancet: the General Staff showed the work of the 93rd Brigade's anti-aircraft gunners. Photo.

The General Staff demonstrated the work of the 93rd Brigade's anti-aircraft gunners

Artem, the commander of the 93rd Brigade of the Armed Forces' "Arrow 10" anti-aircraft missile system, planned to study to be a tanker, but "learned to be an air defense specialist." He recently turned 22, and as a birthday present he received downed Russian Orlan and Zala aircraft.

There is also a downed Lancet, though it was shot down with assault rifles, the Kholodny Yar Brigade said. The military also showed how Artem celebrated his birthday.

"I thought I would celebrate in a tank, because I planned to study to be a tanker. But it turned out that I studied air defense. So on my birthday, I'll be defending the sky!" said Artem.

During combat duty, the Arrow-10 crew waits for reports of enemy UAVs. After the message "All holes, Orlan is in the sky!" the soldiers roll out the anti-aircraft missile system from its hiding place, "capture" the target and fire the missile.

According to Artem, sometimes the crew of the air defense system sits idle for weeks at a time, and sometimes they have to fire five missiles at a time.

I had to work hard for my birthday
When there are clouds, enemy UAVs are easier to spot
Sometimes SAMs do not work for weeks
Artem is only 22 years old
Sometimes we have to launch five missiles at a time
Ukrainian army awaits reports of enemy UAVs

As OBOZ.UA reported, during the last enemy drone attack on Ukraine, our military used the FrankenSAM system for the first time. It managed to shoot down an enemy Shahed from a distance of nine kilometers.

Meanwhile, the UK announced the successful testing of the DragonFire laser weapon for air defense. It hits targets at the speed of light and can hit a coin at a distance of one kilometer.

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