The Ukrainian army shot down a Russian plane without firing: how did it happen

Also, the commander of the Buk M1 missile battery recalled other cases when the result exceeded expectations.

Photo: Buk M1 can work on one target at a time

Using the Buk M1 anti-aircraft missile system, the Ukrainian military destroyed a Russian aircraft without firing a single missile.

This was told by the commander of the Buk M1 missile battery Hero of Ukraine Yaroslav Melnyk in an interview with ArmyInform.

“We shot down the plane without firing a single missile. We found the target, and we turned on the illumination radar. At this time, audible messages about radar exposure sounded in the cockpit of the Russian pilot. He realized he had gone from hunter to target. Probably, it knocked out the pilot so much that he immediately ejected. The plane crashed” Melnik said.

Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valery Zaluzhny, Commander of the Air Force of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Mykola Oleschuk, and Commander of the Anti-Aircraft Missile Battery, Hero of Ukraine, Major Yaroslav Melnyk, at a solemn ceremony on the Air Force Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Photo: ArmyInform

It is noteworthy that the battery under the leadership of Melnyk resisted Russian pilots in the Kharkiv region for more than six months. They have 28 enemy targets on their account: 11 combat aircraft of various types, two helicopters, two cruise missiles and 13 drones.

Melnik received the Order of the Golden Star from President Volodymyr Zelensky during a ceremony dedicated to the Air Force Day of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

He also said that at the same time large groups of enemy aircraft could be in the sky over the Kharkiv region, “sometimes their number exceeded a dozen.”

“Our battery withstood them alone. This means that as soon as we switch on our equipment to detect and capture a target, we will immediately become a practical and clearly visible target for ten Rashist pilots. As soon as they detect us, they will not hesitate to cancel their flight duties on bombing troops or installations and instantly focus on destroying our air defense system,” Melnik said.

According to him, the complex can direct only one enemy target, so the crew had very little time to destroy it.

“We had seconds. Turn on the equipment, detect and capture the object. We turn on the illumination radar – in the cockpit of the Russian pilot, the indicators creak and light up, signaling to him that he is already our target. All of his minions in the sky already know that. We perform a combat launch, and quickly we leave our position to escape the anti-radar missiles. In anti-aircraft combat, we “lead” a target. What the other planes are doing right now – we don’t see it. But we realize. As a rule, right now they are already firing their missiles at us” Melnik said.

Yaroslav Melnik near the Russian ZSU-23-4 “Shilka” / photo

He also recalled other cases where the result exceeded expectations.

In particular, about the launch of a rocket, which was made in 1983, but perfectly fulfilled its task. “I looked at it and doubted it was flying towards the target. We loaded it and then performed a combat launch. The nearly forty-year-old missile destroyed the target. The Russian aircraft fell to the ground after hitting like an autumn leaf. The autumn video was filmed by different people from different places and posted on the Internet,” said Melnyk.

Once again, a launcher that can only hit one target at a time was able to destroy two Russian cruise missiles at once. “We realized that the destruction of a single cruise missile would be a great success. We found the target, carried out a combat launch. Our anti-aircraft missile exploded so that it damaged two Russian cruise missiles with fragments, Melnik said.