As a Ukrainian Tupolev Tu-141 drone crashes in Croatia, Moscow says it destroyed 90% of the Ukrainian Air Bases (But The Pentagon says that 90% of the Ukrainian Air Force is intact)

Ukrainians lost another Su-25. The VKS lost two additional jets, too: a Su-30 or Su-34 and a Su-25.

After claiming to have shot down two Ukrainian Air Force MiG-29s and one Su-27, on Mar. 8, 2022, and then to have destroyed a total of 124 Ukrainian aircraft and helicopters, and 84 UAVs by Mar. 9, Moscow claimed yesterday that 90% of Ukrainian military airfields and the main body of the Ukrainian ‘combat aviation’ have been destroyed.

The Pentagon instead seems to be of an entirely different opinion: they claim 90% of the Ukrainian Air Force remains intact.

This is very likely to include Bayraktar TB.2s, then even if the MOD in Kyiv is hardly ever releasing any related videos, there’s meanwhile little doubt that these are deployed ‘even’ for close-air-support operations: i.e. seem they have depleted the air defences of forward RFA units to a degree where they can operate relatively freely… or the situation for the Ukrainians is far more critical than they would ever admit, or is known in the public…?

Certain is only that the Ukrainians lost another Su-25: ‘Blue 31’ was shot down yesterday afternoon.

The VKS lost two additional jets, too: a Su-30 or Su-34 that suffered an unknown type of combat damage over Ukraine, crashed inside Belarus while attempting to reach the Luninets AB. The crew of two ejected safely.

A Su-25 of the 18th ShAP was shot down by a MANPAD over the Chernihivka village, in the Zhitomir area. (Pay attention at an increasing number of air strikes in this area.)

In turn, the Russian warships fired several cruise missiles off the coast of Odessa – prompting locals to report shelling of their city. Actually, the missiles have targeted the Krivoy Rog AB.

Finally, late in the night, an ‘unidentified flying object’ crashed in southern Zagreb, capitol of Croatia: this might have been an old Tupolev Tu-141 Strizh (Swift) target drone launched by Ukraine. Think, NATO might want to check how can it happen a flying object like this one not only enters its airspace (probably over Hungary) and then crosses another border without being intercepted…

Check out Helion & Company website for books featuring interesting stories written by The Aviation Geek Club contributor Tom Cooper.

Photo credit: VargaA Own work via Wikipedia

This model is available in multiple sizes from AirModels – CLICK HERE TO GET YOURS.
Tom Cooper

Tom Cooper is an Austrian aerial warfare analyst and historian. Following a career in the worldwide transportation business – during which he established a network of contacts in the Middle East and Africa – he moved into narrow-focus analysis and writing on small, little-known air forces and conflicts, about which he has collected extensive archives. This has resulted in specialisation in Middle Eastern, African and Asian air forces. As well as authoring and co-authoring 560 books and over 1,000 articles, he has co-authored the Arab MiGs book series – a six-volume, in-depth analysis of the Arab air forces at war with Israel, in the 1955–73 period. Cooper has been working as editor of the five @War series since 2017. tom@acig.info

Recent Posts

Red Tails receives the first three F-35A Lightning II fighter jets

The Red Tails are the third ANG unit slated to transition to the F-35A Lightning… Read More

19 hours ago

The PIROG 5 Incident: when a Su-15 Interceptor shot down a Swedish high-altitude research balloon that floated into Soviet Airspace

Combating aerostats that floated into Soviet Airspace Arguably, the vast majority of professional military aviation… Read More

19 hours ago

Big Eye protectors: the story of the F-104 Starfighter missions flown to protect EC-121D Warning Star aircraft during the Vietnam War

The F-104 Starfighter in the Vietnam War A primary role for the F-104 Starfighter in… Read More

2 days ago

X-37B seventh mission could be its last

X-37B seventh mission The Department of the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office, in partnership with… Read More

2 days ago

US Navy to deploy Tomahawk anti-ship missile on Los Angeles- and Virginia-class submarines in 2024

Tomahawk anti-ship missile The US Navy is gearing up to enhance its submarine capabilities with… Read More

3 days ago

The mysterious losses of Misty FAC F-100 Super Sabre crews in Vietnam

The F-100 Super Sabre in Vietnam While the F-105 Thunderchief and F-4 Phantom II flew… Read More

3 days ago