Mistral MANPADS: Armed Forces tankers began using foreign weapons to cover from the air

Mistral MANPADS operator
Mistral MANPADS operator
© Photo: 3 separate tank brigade of the Armed Forces
Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Kostiantyn Golubtsov

Published: May 30 2022 at 11:08 am
Source: myukraineis.org

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are actively using foreign weapons to counter Russian aggression, including the Mistral portable anti-aircraft missile system.

Photos of military training were published by 3 separate tank brigades of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Norway has previously announced its intention to transfer Mistral MANPADS to Ukraine.

In April, Norway decided to send about 100 complexes to Ukraine.

Ukrainian operators MANPADS Mistral and Stinger
Ukrainian operators MANPADS Mistral and Stinger. Photo: 3 separate tank brigade of the Armed Forces

However, it is not clear from the message whether it is the number of launchers or the total number of anti-aircraft missiles transferred together with the launchers.

After receiving the Mistral portable anti-aircraft missile systems, the Armed Forces of Ukraine began to create mobile air defense teams.

Mobile Ukrainian group with MANPADS
Mobile Ukrainian group with MANPADS "Mistral". May 2022. Photo: Return Alive Foundation

For these needs, the Return Alive Foundation donated vehicles.

Mistral is a portable anti-aircraft missile system designed to hit targets at low altitudes, such as helicopters and airplanes.

Mistral MANPADS. Photos from open sources

MANPADS includes a missile in an airtight transport - launch container, a tripod with sights, a system of "one's own" and a power source.

Short-range anti-aircraft guided missiles are equipped with an infrared homing head, which allows you to hit air targets with a thermal signature.

MANPADS “Mistral”
MANPADS “Mistral”

During development, the rocket was subject to the following requirements: a single rocket for all options, independence of the method of launch and a minimum of maintenance.

This complex is actively exported and in various modifications is in service with the land forces and fleets of 25 countries.

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