​First Use by Russia of Soviet-Era Kh-59 Missile Against Ukraine (Photo)

TV-guided cruise missiles Kh-59 Ovod - the first documented instance of this specific type of missile being used in Russia’s war on Ukraine
TV-guided cruise missiles Kh-59 Ovod - the first documented instance of this specific type of missile being used in Russia’s war on Ukraine

It is telling that the target the enemy was able to hit with this missile was a large stationary target, a grain depot that doesn’t have air defense coverage

PAEK, Ukraine’s major farm producer operating in Mykolayiv Region, said on Facebook that its grain warehouse a few days ago had come under a Russian missile attack that has brought the site to a standstill.

TV-guided cruise missiles Kh-59 Ovod, The first documented instance of a Soviet-era Kh-59 TV-guided cruise missile being used in Russia’s war on Ukraine,Defense Express
TV-guided cruise missiles Kh-59 Ovod / Open-source representative photo

For obvious reasons, the company's employees did not disclose the date the attack took place, but they published photos of the scene of the attack along with screenshots from surveillance footage.

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One of the photographs taken reveals that the Russians used for this attack a Soviet-era Kh-59 TV-guided cruise missile.

This is the first documented instance of this specific type of missile being used in Russia’s war on Ukraine.

It is notable that the target the Russians selected for this "debut" use of the Kh-59 missile in Ukraine was a large fixed installation that (obviously) occupies a significant land area and doesn’t have air defense coverage.

The first documented instance of a Soviet-era Kh-59 TV-guided cruise missile being used in Russia’s war on Ukraine, Defense Express
The first documented instance of a Soviet-era Kh-59 TV-guided cruise missile being used in Russia’s war on Ukraine

A grain elevator is also, in some way, a highly fire-prone area; grain is prone to burn, especially if stored without due precaution against fire hazards. and the gain elevator uses natural gas for grain drying.

Russia’s use of Kh-59 missile for attack on a large fixed installation such as the grain elevator could imply it had not succeeded in experimenting with upgrading and improving guidance system of this specific type of missile.

Kh-59 missiles make part of the weapon mix of Su-24M bombers, which continue to be in service with naval aviation units of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, The first documented instance of a Soviet-era Kh-59 TV-guided cruise missile being used in Russia’s war on Ukraine, Defense Express
Kh-59 missiles make part of the weapon mix of Su-24M bombers, which continue to be in service with naval aviation units of the Russian Black Sea Fleet / Representative photo
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