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Two scenarios of Russian A-50 incident over Sea of Azov

15 January, 2024 Monday
14:50

Oleksandr Musienko, Director of the Center for Military and Legal Research, explained that the downing of the Beriev A-50 aircraft resulted from a sophisticated combined operation by Ukraine, employing electronic warfare (EW) tactics

He stated it on Espreso.

"In my view, this is a complex combined operation. The key to understanding how this became possible lies in the events preceding January 13. When the Air Force officially announced that some of the missiles Russia used on the morning of Saturday, January 13, attacking Ukraine, were neutralized by EW means. These Russian missiles did not hit the targets; some exploded in the air, or were deflected and disappeared from radars outside populated areas," he said. 

Musienko suggested that Ukraine has significantly increased its use of EW tactics, possibly receiving substantial support, coinciding with the visit of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to Kyiv. The British department of the French corporation Thales, actively working on EW solutions, may have contributed to this reinforcement.

"Two possibilities arise. Firstly, Ukrainian forces may have created numerous false targets through EW, simulating a powerful missile attack. Radar systems cannot distinguish between a real missile and a false target, provoking the enemy's air defense, leading to the downing of their own planes. This is a success for Ukraine. Secondly, Ukraine might be using EW devices on various drones, delivering powerful pulses that cause specific events on board enemy aircraft, such as equipment failure. A-50 aircraft have numerous vulnerable systems that could lead to a fire or explosion. These scenarios are the most likely reasons for this event, indicating our growing capabilities, which is positive news," Musienko explained.

  • On January 15, Yuriy Mysyahin along with sources in the Defense Forces, announced the destruction of two Russian planes over the Sea of Azov.
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