It is only recently that long-range missiles of the Storm Shadow type have been used in the Ukraine war. Kiev's military leadership speaks of a kind of miracle weapon.
Kyiv – While Ukraine's troops are still preparing for a long-announced counteroffensive, a new weapon has arrived from Britain – at least in the Ukraine war. Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksiy Reznikov is already full of praise. This is reported by the online medium Kyiv Independent.
In a television interview on Ukrainian television, the 56-year-old even attested that the air-launched cruise missile "Storm Shadow", which is manufactured by the UK-based and French-based company MBDA, even had a perfect hit rate: "All 100 percent hit their target," the news site quotes the minister as saying.
Instead of hithering up to 80 kilometers away, the Storm Shadow cruise missiles can reach targets over 250 kilometers away. (Archive photo) © Ben Stansall/AFP
Storm Shadow cruise missile could turn the tide in the Ukraine war
So far, comparable systems deployed in Ukraine – such as the much-praised US HIMARS system – have reached targets within a radius of 80 kilometers at most. This distance is more than tripled by the cruise missile developed in the late 1990s. "Storm Shadow" missiles can accurately hit targets over 250 kilometers away.
The troops of the Ukrainian Air Force, which uses the cruise missile in the Ukraine war, have allegedly succeeded in doing so several times. Just a few days after the delivery of the first "Storm Shadows", for example, the RedaktionsnetzwerkDeutschland reported on several successful attacks on targets in the territories occupied by Russia, far behind the current war front. Military experts also believe that Russia currently has no technology with which it can intercept the cruise missile.
Storm Shadow in Ukraine war: Kremlin threatens with "adequate" response
In response to the announced delivery, critics from Russia have already threatened with consequences. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced that the Russian military would respond "adequately" to the new technology.
In Great Britain and the USA, too, it is already assumed that the weapon, which has only been delivered since mid-May, could be decisive for the war. This was said by Reznikov's British counterpart Ben Wallace, who sees the cruise missile as the best chance for the Ukrainians "to defend themselves against the ongoing brutal attack by Russia". A US government insider quoted by CNN also said that "Storm Shadow" could turn the tide in the Ukraine war. For this, however, the long-range missiles would also have to be delivered to Ukraine in appropriate numbers. (saka)