The Armed Forces of Ukraine present an innovative air defense system supported by British AIM-132 ASRAAM missiles, demonstrating its effectiveness in a recent video.
Presentation of Ukraine’s air defense
In a show of power, Ukraine unveiled the performance of its latest air defense system. This new addition, obtained from the United Kingdom, focuses on the power of the AIM-132 ASRAAM air-to-air missiles and their advanced infrared guidance system.
The audiovisual material shows how two missile launchers, mounted on the British-designed Supacat HMT military vehicle and in a 6×6 formation, expel the ASRAAM missiles rapidly, precisely neutralizing the Geran-2 munitions.
Previously, the Ukrainian army had received several anti-aircraft systems from Great Britain that stood out for integrating the AIM-132 ASRAAM missile.
Advanced Features of the AIM-132 ASRAAM
These missiles are renowned for their ability to fire beyond the line of sight. Once launched, the target’s location is transmitted to the missile via radio, guaranteeing greater precision in impact.
A close examination of images of the launcher suggests that it is equipped with an electro-optical detection system, likely located on an elevated mast behind the cockpit. This technology and an external radar enhance the detection of aerial targets at greater distances.
Developed by the British MBDA UK division of the European conglomerate MBDA, the AIM-132 ASRAAM was officially adopted by the Royal Air Force in 1998. Nations such as Australia, India, Qatar and Oman also incorporated it into their air arsenals.
History and specifications of the missile
While the United States showed initial interest in the AIM-132 ASRAAM, a Department of Defense decision in 1996 led them to opt for the modified AIM-9X Sidewinder missile.
Weighing 88 kg and carrying a 10 kg warhead, the ASRAAM missile is a vital piece of military equipment. Its dimensions and range of more than 25 km reinforce its strategic position on the battlefield.
Rumors are suggesting that the actual range of the missile could extend up to 50 km. If these reports are accurate, its range as a ground-based anti-aircraft weapon could range between 15 and 20 km.
Possible connection with the Australian Air Force
Following the decommissioning of the F/A-18A/B Hornet fighters, many ASRAAM missiles were delivered to Australia. Given that current RAAF fighters, such as the F/A-18F, EA-18G and F-35A, employ AIM-9X missiles, there is speculation that some Australian ASRAAM missiles may have been relocated to Ukraine.
It is important to note that Ukraine acquired these missiles from Australia under a contract in 1998, totaling 400 units.