The Air Force explained whether the shooting down of the A-50 could affect Russian attacks on Ukraine
The destruction of the Russian A-50 long-range radar detection aircraft by the Ukrainian Defense Forces is unlikely to significantly affect the occupiers' ability to shell Ukraine. Putin's terrorists program their drones and missiles on the ground and direct them to the targets they want to hit.
Colonel YuriI Ihnat, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Air Force Command, said this during a national telethon . In addition, he noted that the destroyed A-50 can be replaced by another.
"Will this affect some of the shelling? Well, to a certain extent. But Russian missiles and drones, they don't really need an airplane for long-range missile defense," the colonel noted.
He also reminded that the said aircraft can only detect missile launches by our air defense system and provide information to their command posts.
At the same time, according to Ihnat, the destruction of a plane of this level is a "good sign". This is the first time in history that the enemy has lost a serious aircraft.
"The destruction of the A-50 is a very good sign for both us and the Western countries," the military stated.
As a reminder, on January 14, the Ukrainian Defense Forces shot down an A-50 reconnaissance aircraft over the Sea of Azov and damaged an Il-22 bomber of the Russian military. After the news broke on the morning of January 15, the commander of the Ukrainian Air Force, Mykola Oleshchuk, made an interesting hint with the words: "This is for you for Dnipro!". It should be noted that the day before was the anniversary of the tragic day of January 14, 2023, when Russia launched a missile attack on a house in Dnipro, taking the lives of 46 civilian Ukrainians.
As reported by OBOZ.UA:
- "The A-50 airborne surveillance aircraft is very valuable for the Russians. It works as a corrector during massive shelling of Ukraine and costs at least $330 million.
- The head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, Kyrylo Budanov, said that after the Ukrainian Armed Forces destroyed the Russian A-50 over the Azov Sea, Russia has very few such long-range radar detection and control aircraft left. Only eight of them are now in good condition.