Detail of the damage on the left side of the Ka-52.
Russian Mi-8 helicopter shot down on March 5.
Russian Mi-35 shot down on March 5.
Russian Su-30 shot down on March 5.
refore Ukraine managed to deploy more
than 20 of them successfully against the
Russian columns. Bayraktar means flag
bearer. The aircraft span is 12 meters and
is 6.5 meters long. Maximum speed is 220
kph and control station range is 150 km.
The ordnance of guided bombs and rockets
can be carried on four racks. The maximum
take off weight is 650 kilos out of which 150
kilos is the weapons load. The Ukrainians
kept deploying them with such success
Russian Su-25 shot down on Mar 4.
that the song about them was composed. It
is possibly the first song about the armed
drone in the world and is extremely catchy.
You were warned in case you decide to look
it up on Youtube!
Death of the giants
The Russian paratroopers' offensive operations dominated the first days of the war.
They attacked Hostomel airport north of
Kiev which belongs to the Antonov com-
pany and was the largest cargo airport in
Ukraine. The intention was clear - secure
the airport for aircraft carrying troops earmarked for the direct attack on the Ukrainian capital. However, this mission failed.
The first wave of troops deployed from
approximately 30 helicopters were annihilated by the Ukrainian military. Next day
the second wave arrived, this time aboard
200 helicopters. They managed to recapture the airport but fierce fighting continued
in the surrounding areas for several more
days. At this time the frontline runs near
the city. The attack of Russian paratroopers
deployed from the helicopters on Kharkiv
also failed. During the battle of Hostomel
Antonov An-225 Mrija, the largest aircraft
in the world, was completely destroyed. Its
loss was reported on February 27. Later the
photographs showed that it had burnt in the
hangar. Mrija’s wingspan was 88.4 meters
and it was 84 meters long. The maximum
take off weight was 640 tons with the payload of 254 tons of cargo. The length of the
cargo compartment was 43 meters which
is more than Wright brothers’ first flight, 36