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Video shows Ukrainian Stugna-P anti-tank guided missile shooting down Russian Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopter

Kamov Ka-52 attack helicopter shot down by Ukrainian Stugna-P anti-tank guided missile

The footage in this post shows a Russian Kamov Ka-52 “Alligator” (NATO reporting name: Hokum B) attack helicopter being shot down by a Ukrainian Stugna-P anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) operated by the 95th Air Assault Brigade in the Izium Area.

The Skif or Stugna-P is a Ukrainian ATGM system developed by the Luch Design Bureau. Its guidance device (ПН-С) is developed and manufactured by Belarusian design bureau Peleng based in Minsk. Skif is the Ukrainian word for “Scythian”.

The Skif is designed to destroy modern armored targets with combined carried or monolithic armor including explosive reactive armor (ERA). Skifs can attack both stationary and moving targets. They can attack from both far range (up to 5 km in the daytime) and close range (100m). They can attack pinpoint targets like weapon emplacements, lightly armored objects, and hovering helicopters. In addition to manual operation, the Skif has an automated fire and forget targeting mode that does not require manual tracking of the target. In 2018, an upgraded export variant of the Skif was tested by the Ukrainian military.

The Stugna-P’s laser-guided system has a long-range and ample penetration capability.

According to Defence Blog, the Stugna-P anti-tank missile weapon system can penetrate armor up to 1100 millimeters thickness.

This is the first known case of the hit of a Russian Ka-52 attack helicopter by an anti-tank missile system.

As our contributor and Helion & Company publisher’s editor Tom Cooper explained, Stugna-P is the reason why Russian helicopter-crews nowadays run only ‘hit-and-run’ attacks on Ukrainian frontlines.

Photo credit: screenshot from video

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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