Russia's Il-76 aircraft can be shot down with Patriot system-Media

# 25 January 2024 17:05 (UTC +04:00)

The AFU could have used a Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) system to shoot down the Il-76 as its firing range against aircraft is 160 kilometres, APA reports citing Novaya Gazeta Europe.

The site of the plane crash is about 50 kilometres from the Ukrainian border, but moving such an valuable system so close to the front line would be an extremely risky undertaking, according to Kuznetsov, who noted that Ukraine had a total of three Patriot systems, and that they’re also the only surface-to-air missiles capable of shooting down Russian hypersonic Kinzhal missiles, and that they are also vital for guaranteeing Kyiv’s aerial security

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