The Russian Defense Ministry claims that air defense shot down a Storm Shadow cruise missile. Not sure where as of yet.  The trouble with this is simple, that missile can only be fired by NATO aircraft.  Which means a NATO plane launched it either in or near, Ukraine. 

Here are the specs for a Storm Shadow Cruise missile:


Type: Long-range air-launched cruise missile
Place of origin: France & United Kingdom

Service history
In service: 2002 – present
Used by: See

Production history
Designer: Matra BAe Dynamics
Manufacturer: MBDA

Unit cost:

€850,000 (US$1.18 million) (FY2011)
£790,000 (US$1.27 million) (FY2011)

Mass: 1,300 kilograms (2,900 lb)
Length: 5.1 metres (16 ft 9 in)
Diameter: 0.48 metres (19 in) estimated
Warhead: 450 kilograms (990 lb) BROACH (Bomb Royal Ordnance Augmented Charge)

Engine: Turbomeca Microturbo TRI 60-30 turbojet, producing 5.4 kN thrust
Wingspan: 3 metres (9 ft 10 in)

Operational range:

Over 300 nmi (560 km; 350 mi) Lo-Lo profile
Export version: over 135 nmi (250 km; 155 mi)

Flight altitude: 30–40 metres (100–130 ft)
Maximum speed: 1,000 km/h Mach 0.8-0.95 (depending on altitude)

Inertial, GPS and TERPROM. Terminal guidance using imaging infrared DSMAC

Launch platform:

Ukraine does NOT have any of those aircraft.   So who fired it?

Since Ukraine doesn’t have any NATO type of fighter jets. They are probably launched from Polish or Romanian airspace from NATO jets.

Source: Harold Turner

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