For the first time Ukraine struck Russian radar with American AGM-88 anti-radar missiles

The first evidence of the use of American AGM-88 HARM anti-radar missiles against Russian radar.

The first use of American anti-radar missiles AGM-88 was recorded thanks to the surviving fragments of one of the missiles, which is said to have successfully hit a target. The name on the wreckage of the BSU-60 rocket means that we are talking about the AGM-88 cruise missile – the latter was not officially delivered to Ukraine, however, the Pentagon announced the imminent delivery of “special missiles” to Ukraine to combat air defense, as previously we already reported.

In the presented photographs, you can see the wreckage of the rocket, after the latter hit the target. It was not possible to establish a variant of the missile, however, today there are AGM-88 missiles with a range of hitting targets up to 111 kilometers, which poses a rather serious threat.

Where exactly the fragments of the downed missile were found has not yet been specified, however, if the United States provided Ukraine with cruise anti-radar missiles in large enough quantities, this would pose a very serious threat to air defense systems covering the territories controlled by Russia, the LPR and the DPR and would make it possible to APU strikes more effective.

What exactly was the launch of such missiles by the Armed Forces of Ukraine is unknown, however, in all likelihood, we are talking about a ground installation.

About AGM-88 HARM

The AGM-88 HARM is a tactical, air-to-surface anti-radiation missile designed to home in on electronic transmissions coming from surface-to-air radar systems. It was originally developed by Texas Instruments as a replacement for the AGM-45 Shrike and AGM-78 Standard ARM system.

US Navy F/A-18 firing an AGM-88 anti radiation missile
US Navy F/A-18 firing an AGM-88 anti radiation missile

The AGM-88 can detect, attack and destroy a radar antenna or transmitter with minimal aircrew input. The proportional guidance system that homes in on enemy radar emissions has a fixed antenna and seeker head in the missile’s nose. A smokeless, solid-propellant, booster-sustainer rocket motor propels the missile at speeds over Mach 2.0.

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