One Su-27 Flanker aircraft supporting a special operation to regain control on a military airfield taken from pro-Moscow separatists was reportedly shot down.
On Apr. 15, Ukrainian armed forces launched a special operation to recapture the airport near the town of Kramatorsk, in the Russian speaking east, taken by pro-Moscow separatists.
The operation involved several Ukrainian troops disembarked from helicopters and supported from the air by at least four combat planes: two Su-27 Flanker fighter jets and Su-25 Frogfoot attack planes.
Noteworthy, videos and photographs taken a Kramatorsk during the attack show the aircraft fully armed with live missiles.
Image credit: via RT
Here below is a footage showing a Su-27 circling at low altitude, relatively low speed, over Kramatorsk: a quite easy target for trained soldiers using MANPADS (Man Portable Air Defense Systems) or other Anti-Aircraft weaponry.
The news of the Su-27 shot down was spread along with a video allegedly showing the Su-27 (or generally speaking, a Ukrainian aircraft) being shot down even if that was actually footage shot in Syria last year.
H/T to Steppen Wolf for providing additional material.
I bet we never see a flanker moving that slow anymore….hell I could have shot it down with a pellet gun at that speed. I don’t doubt it was shot down, missiles and rockets fly much faster than aircraft to begin with…at that speed? The closure rate would be incredible, pilot would have miliseconds to react