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​The First Video of a Ukrainian Tactical Bomber With a SCALP-EG Missile Under Its Wing Has Appeared

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The French SCALP-EG cruise missile, located under the wing of the Su-24 front-line bomber, was demonstrated for the first time
The French SCALP-EG cruise missile, located under the wing of the Su-24 front-line bomber, was demonstrated for the first time

SCALP-EG missiles are the French analogues of the British Storm Shadow cruise missiles, which have already demonstrated their effectiveness in destroying the russian occupation army

On the official pages of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi in social networks, a video was published in which, among other things, the French SCALP-EG cruise missile, located under the wing of the Su-24 front-line bomber, was demonstrated for the first time.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced the transfer of these cruise missiles to Ukraine at the beginning of July this year. In less than a month, these missiles have been striking russian objects — apparently, it was the SCALP-EG that blew out two bridges in the temporarily occupied territories near the administrative border with Crimea.

Read more: ​How to Adapt French SCALP-EG Missiles to Ukrainian Su-24 Aircraft

In another video, which was also published on the official page of the President of Ukraine, you can separately see footage of the Su-24 with the same missiles in the air, as well as the SCALP-EG missile itself in the sky.

We will remind that SCALP-EG is the name of the French version of the Storm Shadow missile, Defense Express told in detail about how this missile works, for what purposes it is intended and how many missiles can be expected as well as How to Adapt French SCALP-EG Missiles to Ukrainian Su-24 Aircraft in a separate article.

The First Video of a Ukrainian Tactical Bomber With a SCALP-EG Missile Under Its Wing has Appeared, Defense Express
The President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy makes a commemorative inscription on the French SCALP-EG missile

One of the issues regarding the transfer of French SCALP-EG missiles to Ukraine was how they could be adapted for use by Soviet bombers. To solve this problem, Ukrainian specialists apparently had to turn to the experience of adapting the British Storm Shadow cruise missile to Soviet-made aircraft.

In order to integrate these missiles into Ukrainian Su-24 aircraft, engineers used special pylons from decommissioned Tornado attack aircraft, as "inserts". And it seems that a similar solution was applied in the case of adaptation of French SCALP-EG cruise missiles - the same pylon can be seen under the Su-24, which has SCALP-EG under its wing.

Read more: Ukraine’s Air Force Spokesman Says Storm Shadow Missiles are Working, But Ukraine Needs ATACMS