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​Ukrainian Strike on Crimean S-300/400 Destroys Important Targets (Satellite Imagery)

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S-300 surface-to-air missile systems of the russian armed forces / Open-source illustrative photo
S-300 surface-to-air missile systems of the russian armed forces / Open-source illustrative photo

Fresh satellite imagery shows valuable radar equipment destroyed by a Ukrainian missile strike on the russian air defense positions in Crimea

General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced June 10 that a long-range strike hit three divisions of russian anti-aircraft equipment deployed in occupied Crimea — one S-400 and two more S-300 missile systems. The note stated the air defenses failed to intercept any of the Ukrainian weapons targeting them, leading to damage rendering one of the systems' radars no longer operational.

Today, on June 12th satellite images of the target location have been published by the CyberBoroshno OSINT community. The imagery reveals the results of the strike in detail: at least two positions of enemy air defense systems were affected, confirming the success of the attack on S-300 and S-400.

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Illustrative photo: Ukrainian Armed Forces launch an ATACMS ballistic missile strike / Defense Express / Ukrainian Strike on Crimean S-300/400 Destroys Important Targets (Satellite Imagery)
Illustrative photo: Ukrainian Armed Forces launch an ATACMS ballistic missile strike / AFU General Staff

First, about the S-400: in the picture, we can see a 48Ya6-K1 Podlet radar station destroyed, moreover, there are two launchers in this image, one was trying to flee the point of impact, the condition of the other is uncertain. There's also an unidentified unit of military equipment nearby.

The 48Ya6-K1 Podlet is a mobile three-coordinate radar with an all-round phased array antenna, designed to provide targeting for S-300/400 anti-aircraft missile systems, etc. It has been supplied to the russian invasion forces since 2015.

According to open-source data, this radar can simultaneously track up to 200 targets, has a range from 10 to 200 km (and up to 300 km in additional mode), and the maximum scanned altitude is 10 km. Range accuracy is within 200 m, azimuth accuracy within 1.6 degrees. The emplacement/displacement time of the radar station is 20 minutes. Oryx OSINT website has recorded russians have lost at least four such radars since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine — three were destroyed and one damaged.

Next, about the strikes on the S-300, namely on a position near the settlement of Velyke, in the Yevpatoria district. There, Ukrainian missiles destroyed a 5N63S command post with the 30N6 target illumination radar that ensures guidance for up to 12 missiles at six different targets. There are also visible traces of damaged or destroyed equipment being recovered.

The results of the strike on the position of another S-300 air defense system are unknown. Still, there are two confirmed ATACMS hits resulting in the destruction of two very important targets. Worth reminding, this is not the first attack on the positions of the latest russian S-400 air defense system in recent months. There was also another strike on S-300/400 systems reported this morning, on June 12th. The hits were confirmed, the results are being investigated.

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