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Ukraine sinks Russian warship in what appears to be victory for Storm Shadow missile

A Storm Shadow/SCALP missile on the wing of a Rafale fighter.
Thierry Wurtz/MBDA

  • Ukraine likely used Storm Shadow missiles to strike a Russian warship in occupied Crimea.
  • Russia confirmed that the ship Novocherkassk was hit in a Black Sea port.
  • The Storm Shadow missiles have a range of more than 155 miles and weigh nearly 2,900 pounds.

Ukraine likely used Storm Shadow missiles in a strike against a Russian ship in a Black Sea port.

This would be another success for one of the most valuable weapons given by the West to Ukraine.

Various Russian sources have attributed Tuesday’s attack to the missiles, as have Western analysts. Ukraine itself has hinted at their use without confirming anything.

The attack destroyed the Novocherkassk, a landing craft stationed in the port of Feodosia, Crimea.

Images of the strike shared on social media appeared to show a large explosion at the port.


Astra Press, a Russian media outlet, published on Telegram that “fragments of armor and assembly of the Storm Shadow missile were found at the attack site.”

“The ship was completely burned and sunk,” the statement added.

Rybar, a Russian military blogger known to be close to the Kremlin, also wrote that Ukrainian planes “launched Storm Shadow cruise missiles” during the attack.

HI Sutton, an independent defense analyst, wrote in a series of posts onformerly Twitter, that the attack was “most likely Storm Shadow/SCALP missiles.”

A message from Anton Gerashchenko, a Ukrainian official, also suggested the missile had been used. He published an interview with a Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson discussing the strike.

He did not name the weapon used, Gerashchenko said, but noted that Ukraine had Storm Shadows.

Storm Shadow missiles have already participated in a series of major strikes against Russian targets during the conflict.

In September, a Ukrainian military source told the BBC that Storm Shadow missiles were used to strike the Russian Black Sea Fleet headquarters in Sevastopol, Crimea. The strike was seen as a bold success for Ukraine, which claimed to have timed it to coincide with a high-level meeting, killing many participants.

Storm Shadows were also used to target two key bridges in Crimea in August, as Business Insider previously reported.

According to their manufacturer, MBDA, Storm Shadow missiles are “long-range, air-launched” weapons designed to strike “high-value fixed or stationary targets such as hardened bunkers and key infrastructure.” In France, they are known as SCALP missiles.

Each Storm Shadow weighs nearly 2,900 pounds and has a range of more than 155 miles, MBDA said. They said they had “exceptional accuracy” thanks to an infrared target-finding system and other advanced navigation systems.

Defense analyst Michael Clarke, former director of the Royal United Services Institute think tank, previously told Business Insider that the Storm Shadow missiles gave Ukraine “a real advantage in terms of destroying whatever the Russians are behind the lines.

“If they can see it, they can destroy it,” he said.

But Marina Miron, a researcher at the war studies department at King’s College London, said Ukraine must be careful not to exhaust its limited stockpile and keep in mind Ukraine’s strong ground-based air defenses. Russia.

Storm Shadow missiles are normally launched from Western fighter jets such as the Eurofighter Typhoon, Rafale, Mirage 2000 and Tornado, according to MBDA.

Ukraine has also adapted its old Soviet-era planes for use.

The missiles were seen on Ukrainian Su-24 bombers, Forbes previously reported, which Russian media said were also responsible for the latest firing in Crimea.

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