Ukrainian FPV drone destroyed six Russian Buk missile system

Ukrainian forces blow up six Russian BUK series surface-to-air missile system with a deadly drone strike.

The press service said Moscow lost six Buk air defense systems “with two 9C36 detection and targeting stations” on the Donetsk front lines, “thanks to the professional actions of SOF operators.”

“Operators from the SOF’s 3rd Separate Special Forces regiment detected and adjusted the fire of Defense Forces’ missile and artillery units on Russian targets,” it said. “As a result of fire damage, one missile system was completely destroyed, two more were disabled and cannot be restored.”

The Militarnyi has reported that Soldiers from Ukraine’s 92nd Separate Mechanized Brigade have destroyed the Buk missile system with a First-Person View (FPV) kamikaze drone.

The imagery of the apparent Ukrainian strikes on the Russian Buk system appeared on social media earlier today.

The video was shared with the caption: “A $500 FPV drone hit the occupiers’ anti-aircraft missile system worth about $100 million.”

The BUK missile system, also referred to by NATO as the SA-11 Gadfly, is a Russian-made mobile medium-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) system designed to defend field troops and logistical installations against air threats. It is intended to defeat tactical and strategic aircraft, cruise missiles, helicopters and other aerodynamic targets.

The upgraded version of the system—the Buk-M2—has been used by Russia’s military since 2008, and is capable of simultaneously engaging up to 4 targets. It can engage aerial targets from a distance of between 3 kilometers, or just under 2 miles, and 40 kilometers (28 miles).

According to information from open sources, the cost of the latest modern version of this air defense system – the Buk-M1-2 – is approximately $100 million.

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