Bayraktar TB2 Videos Show New Wave Of Ukrainian Attacks Against Russian Forces On Snake Island
The current TB2 videos reveal several drone attacks versus Russian devices and air defenses, which led the way for a Su-27 bomb strike.
As you might have seen from the several reports released given that the start of the intrusion, the Bayraktar TB2 Unmanned Aerial Combat Vehicles of the Ukrainian forces are playing a starring function in the war, becoming a genuine thorn in the side of the Russian forces and causing them heavy losses. In the last couple of days, video has actually emerged online revealing the drone in action over the well-known Snake Island, causing various losses and relatively leading the way for an airstrike by 2 Su-27 Flanker fighter jets.
The very first video reveals a TB2 securing a Tor mobile short-range surface-to-air rocket system, likewise called the SA-15 “Gauntlet”, which was hidden near buildings by the island’s lighthouse. After being struck, the tracked lorry began producing smoke up until it was swallowed up in flames and blew up since of the ammunition cook-off. Another TB2, which was flying about 100 km away, revealed from a various viewpoint the attack and the subsequent surge.
#Ukraine: A birdie flew previous & offered us another angle of the Ukrainian TB-2 strike versus a Russian Tor SAM system on Snake Island- another TB-2 was viewing no less than 108 km (67 mi) away.
Seems the rockets went a little insane after the strike.https:// t.co/ eft74 Bgj2H pic.twitter.com/ j33 VydqQSg
— Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 6, 2022
A 2nd Tor rocket system was ruined soon prior to being unloaded at the island’s pier on the northern beach. The car was being transferred on a Project 11770 Serna class landing craft, which was likewise damaged in the attack. The exact same video reveals a structure being assaulted too, potentially near the lighthouse. The strikes on both Tor systems have actually been likewise verified by satellite images, which reveal thick black smoke increasing from both areas.
A satellite image taken Saturday by @planet revealed what seemed a Serna-class landing craft versus Snake Island’s northern beach. That represents another Ukrainian military video launched revealing a drone strike hitting it, swallowing up the vessel in flames.– @AP pic.twitter.com/9281 Aw4VEK
— Jon Gambrell|جون (@jongambrellAP) May 7, 2022
The 3rd video, possibly the most intriguing, reveals 2 Ukrainian Su-27 s carrying out a bomb strike versus the structures on the island. The Flankers can be seen flying at really low elevation while giving flares, striking a minimum of 3 targets throughout their pass, followed by secondary surges. From the images, a great deal of structures appear to have actually been entirely damaged.
#Ukraine: A Ukrainian Bayraktar TB-2 drone strike struck and ruined what seems Project 11770 Serna-class landing craft, once again at Snake Island. pic.twitter.com/w7qrgzWaPo
— Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 7, 2022
While this may be an uncommon objective for the Su-27, let’s not forget that its main function is air supremacy however it keeps a secondary air-to-ground attack ability. With the Russians still declaring that the Ukrainian Air Force does not exist any longer, the video reveals that Ukrainian fighters are undoubtedly still flying battle objectives.
#Ukraine: The Ukrainian Air force is still alive- seen here are 2 Ukrainian Su-27 striking Russian centers on the well-known Snake Island in the Black Sea, in exceptional video shot by a TB-2 drone.
As we can observe, there is major damage. pic.twitter.com/ogN3gOU8uJ
— Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 7, 2022
Among the victims on Snake Island there is likewise a Russian Mi-8 transportation helicopter. As we can see in the video, the helicopter was on the ground on the south side of the island with its engines running, disembarking some soldiers which were likewise captured in the blast radius of the MAM Micro Smart Munition released by the TB2 UCAV.
#Ukraine: Ukrainian TB-2 drones continue to strike Russian forces on Snake Island.
This time, an Mi-8 helicopter was ruined, simply as soldiers were disembarking. pic.twitter.com/Y7MO4MiQRN
— Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 8, 2022
Even if the electronic camera zooms far from the helicopter, revealing the whole island, it is not possible to determine if the structures were still undamaged or ruined and hence comprehend if the helicopter was damaged prior to of after the Su-27 s bombed the island. The video was published online after the bomb strike, however that does not always suggest that the helicopter was damaged after the Flankers “checked out” Snake Island.
It is unclear at this time if Ukrainian forces are preparing to reclaim the island. According to the Russians, the attacks were followed by an air and maritime attack which they declare ended catastrophically for the Ukrainians, with numerous helicopters, Su-27 s and Su-24 ruined. It is worth keeping in mind that Ukrainian Su-24 Fencer bombers have actually not been spotted in flight because the really first days of the intrusion, showing as soon as again that the count of the losses ought to not be taken as given, unless there is engaging proof.
Whatever, these videos (together with the accounts that TB2s apparently assisted decoy the Moskva’s defences) as soon as again show what a drone [we use the term “drone” every now and then in the article, although this weapon system is, as explained, a UCAV or, more in general, a remotely piloted vehicle] with a long-range FLIR and a large selection of weapons can do, in a “direct” or “inderect” method, in a contemporary dispute like the one in Ukraine.
Stefano D’Urso is a self-employed reporter and factor to TheAviationist based in Lecce, Italy. A graduate in Industral Engineering he’s likewise studying to accomplish a Master Degree in Aerospace Engineering. Electronic Warfare, Loitering Munitions and OSINT strategies used to the world of military operations and existing disputes are amongst his locations of proficiency.
David Cenciotti is a self-employed reporter based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, among the world’s most popular and check out military air travel blog sites. Given That 1996, he has actually composed for significant around the world publications, consisting of Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and numerous others, covering air travel, defense, war, market, intelligence, criminal offense and cyberwar. He has actually reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown a number of fight aircrafts with various flying force. He is a previous 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a personal pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has actually composed 5 books and added to much more ones.