British high-speed missile ‘tears down half Russian helicopter on first launch’

A British high-speed Starstreak anti-aircraft missile has shot down its first Russian helicopter, with footage showing the plane split in two, sources say

A British missile has reportedly shot down its first Russian helicopter
A British missile has reportedly shot down its first Russian helicopter. Image from a photo agency

A Russian helicopter is said to have been shot down by a state-of-the-art British missile on its first mission after being delivered to the Ukrainian army.

The footage shows Starstreak, a high-speed man-portable anti-aircraft missile, hitting the helicopter, tearing it in half over the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine, sources said.

The Starstreak is the UK’s most advanced manned man-portable missile system, hitting targets with three kinetic darts.

A video showing the tail of a Mi-28N helicopter being ripped off has been verified The timeswith a Defense Department source saying it showed a starstreak in action in Ukraine.

The source also said that the anti-aircraft missile system has been deployed in Ukraine for almost a week.

The Starstreak missile was provided to the Ukrainian Armed Forces by the British Army



Vladimir Putin’s negotiators have said this week that Russian forces would withdraw from attacks on Kyiv and northern Ukraine, despite continued shelling and fears they are simply regrouping.

It is because Ukraine managed to recapture some areas that were taken from the Russians, notably around Kyiv.

Ukrainian President Zelenskyy said in a video address that the military situation in the east remains extremely difficult and Russia is preparing for new strikes in the Donbass region and the city of Kharkiv.

He added that Russian troops in the north of the country are slowly but noticeably retreating.

The helicopter was shot down in the Luhansk region of Ukraine


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Following Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine, British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace said Starstreak missiles would be deployed to protect the country.

In a statement to MPs, he said: “In response to a Ukrainian request, the government has taken the decision to consider the donation of Starstreak manned high-speed man-portable anti-aircraft missiles.

“We believe this system will remain within the definition of defensive weapons, but will allow Ukrainian Armed Forces to better defend their skies.

“We will also increase shipments of rations, medical equipment and other non-lethal military aid.”

The Starstreak missile has been deployed in Ukraine for almost a week, sources say



The UK has insisted it will not station troops in Ukraine but will join NATO allies in defensive support for President Zelenskyy’s troops.

The defense minister stressed that the government was “bound by the decision to deliver defense systems” and not allow the war to escalate.

The UK provided the Ukrainian armed forces with 4,000 anti-tank weapons, including next-generation light anti-tank weapon systems, or NLAWs, and Javelin missiles.

And then Britain announced in late March that it would send a further 6,000 missiles to Ukraine, including anti-tank and high-explosive weapons, along with another £25m for the Ukrainian military.

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