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Ukraine claims strike on Russia’s advanced Felon fighter jet

Ukraine’s Defense Intelligence Directorate (GUR) has reported that it has attacked a Russian Su-57 Felon fighter jet.

The drone attack occurred on June 8 at an air base near Akhtubinsk in Russia’s Astrakhan region, located approximately 589 kilometers from the front line.

According to Ukrainian intelligence, satellite images show the Su-57 intact on June 7, but on June 8, the area around the plane showed explosion craters and burn marks, indicating a fire resulting from a direct hit. . This event marks the first recorded case of the Su-57 being damaged in this manner.

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The Su-57, Russia’s most advanced fighter jet, known to NATO as the Felon, can deploy X-59 and X-69 missiles. Only a few of these sophisticated aircraft are currently operational within the Russian Aerospace Forces.

Russia has increasingly used its Su-57 fighter jets to conduct missile strikes against Ukraine. These advanced aircraft began to play a more active role at the end of February 2024, with a notable increase in the frequency of their missions.

In the last month alone, Russian forces have launched more than six cruise missiles from Su-57 aircraft. These operations are carried out from an air base near Akhtubinsk, and the planes fly over Kursk, Bryansk and the occupied Luhansk region to carry out their attacks. Typically, Su-57s are accompanied by two Su-35 fighters for added protection.

The reported damage to the Su-57 is a noteworthy development in the ongoing conflict. If confirmed, it demonstrates Ukraine’s growing ability to attack and damage advanced Russian military assets, potentially altering the dynamics of aerial engagements.

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