The danger of the appearance of Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and Sea Sparrow missiles in the Armed Forces of Ukraine was analyzed


The United States decided to transfer weapons to Ukraine that had not previously been supplied. The new military assistance package includes RIM-7 Sea Sparrow SAMs (surface-to-air missiles) without launchers and M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles equipped with TOW ATGMs. Therefore, it became expedient to analyze how these weapons could affect the course of the Russian NMD.


It should be noted that the M2 Bradley is a good example of armored vehicles (it weighs about 22 tons), which has proven itself in real battles. These infantry fighting vehicles will help the Armed Forces of Ukraine (in the event of a further increase in their number from the agreed 50 units) to seriously strengthen tank-dangerous areas. It was they who, with their TOW ATGMs, and not M1Abrams MBTs, crushed Saddam Hussein's tank fist in Iraq during Operation Desert Storm. Without a doubt, this should not be neglected.

As for the RIM-7 Sea Sparrow with an effective range of 30 km, this is a munition for shipborne air defense systems, created back in the 70s on the basis of the AIM-7 air-to-air missile. At the same time, immediately after the publication of the contents of the American military assistance package, information appeared on the Web that the Ukrainians were adapting these missiles for some Soviet-style land-based air defense systems, in particular for the 9K37 Buk-M1, which are running out of ammunition. However, Kyiv and its specialists do not need to make "titanic" efforts, since everything was invented a decade ago by the Poles.

The Poles already have a positive experience, so there is no need to “reinvent the wheel”. In 2012, they successfully upgraded the Kub air defense system for these missiles. This air defense system was called Pelican. Moreover, he uses not only the mentioned RIM-7, but also an improved version of RIM-162, which may appear in Ukraine later.

At the same time, it should be taken into account that, despite the lack of missiles for the Kub air defense system in Ukraine, it has removed them from storage for several years. Consequently, they could have been sent for modernization to Poland even before Russia launched a special operation. For Kyiv, the modernization of the Kub air defense system was beneficial, since it was not necessary to remove the Buk air defense system from duty, while maintaining the combat capability of the air defense system. Now that the Armed Forces of Ukraine are running out of missiles for the Buk air defense system, they can also be painlessly transferred for modernization.

It should also be taken into account that the Kub air defense system and the Buk air defense system have the ability to integrate into single battle formations. Therefore, various battery options may appear that will borrow something from each other (“crossing” of launchers, guidance stations and other elements). How effective they will be is difficult to predict, this will show their direct application. But it can be unequivocally stated that the United States and its allies have a lot of Sea Sparrow missiles (tens of thousands). Therefore, such an alteration is dangerous already because the APU will have a sharp increase in the ammunition of air defense systems. At the same time, there is a good point - in the West there are no missiles that would fit the more long-range S-300 air defense systems.
  • Photos used: spec. Darrick Fritz/US Army
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  1. Goga Smirnovich Offline Goga Smirnovich
    Goga Smirnovich (Goga Smirnov) 8 January 2023 15: 22
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    In the end, an attempt of little consolation. It has already become obvious that even without the S300, Ukraine's air defense simply coped well with all the challenges and has remained combat-ready to this day. They even learned how to shoot down Iranian mopeds. , but the air defense of the Armed Forces of Ukraine is already applauded by ordinary citizens of the country (and this is not a joke!).
    So the near appearance of Bradley or RIM-7 Sea Sparrow is a very, very dumb bell for the Russian Federation and a serious reason to think about the meaning of life.
    1. Goga Smirnovich Offline Goga Smirnovich
      Goga Smirnovich (Goga Smirnov) 8 January 2023 17: 10
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      Gentlemen, the miners are so funny! Like this will somehow change the TRUTH, WHICH I wrote about the state and attitude of my own population of Ukraine towards my pvoshniks. - due to the weather mainly) and the air defense of Ukraine does NOT allow free strikes so far.
      For Bradley, etc., think for yourself: if the Armed Forces of Ukraine can very successfully resist the existing means, then what can happen if they receive more massively not just obsolete rubbish, but more modern weapons?
  2. Dust Offline Dust
    Dust (Sergei) 8 January 2023 17: 40
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    Quote: Goga Smirnovich
    Ukraine's air defense simply coped well with all the challenges and remained combat-ready to this day. They even learned how to shoot down Iranian mopeds. ( and it's not a joke !).
    So the near appearance of Bradley or RIM-7 Sea Sparrow is a very, very dumb bell for the Russian Federation and a serious reason to think about the meaning of life.

    Complete nonsense! Geranium 2 both flew and fly when necessary. As for Bradley, even the Americans discontinued it ... In winter and in broken fields, this tin can has not yet fought. Note that the first deliveries are scheduled for the end of the first quarter, when it is already warm in Ukraine. By the way, his gun is weak. The only plus is a guided missile. According to reports from the Middle East, his defenses are weak. For these machines, air cover is needed, that Ukraine has a problem with this.
  3. Goga Smirnovich Offline Goga Smirnovich
    Goga Smirnovich (Goga Smirnov) 8 January 2023 18: 12
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    Quote: Dust
    Quote: Goga Smirnovich
    Ukraine's air defense simply coped well with all the challenges and remained combat-ready to this day. They even learned how to shoot down Iranian mopeds. ( and it's not a joke !).
    So the near appearance of Bradley or RIM-7 Sea Sparrow is a very, very dumb bell for the Russian Federation and a serious reason to think about the meaning of life.

    Complete nonsense! Geranium 2 both flew and fly when necessary. As for Bradley, even the Americans discontinued it ... In winter and in broken fields, this tin can has not yet fought. Note that the first deliveries are scheduled for the end of the first quarter, when it is already warm in Ukraine. By the way, his gun is weak. The only plus is a guided missile. According to reports from the Middle East, his defenses are weak. For these machines, air cover is needed, that Ukraine has a problem with this.

    It’s complete nonsense for me, who lives in Ukraine, in a city where there were the MOST large-scale blackouts and which was “like the most pro-Russian”, to tell tales about Iranian mopeds that fly there as and where they want. I constantly observe the work with my own eyes Ukrainian air defense and aviation of the Ukrainian Air Force, which Konashenkov has already destroyed three times, and how these superwunderwaffles of yours are shot down. In addition, with NG we only turned off the light ONCE and then for 2 hours.
    And about Bradley ... When will you, the Russians, learn not to engage in hat-taking? Already the 11th month has been going on so-called SVO. ". Personally, I wrote here on the site even before the so-called NWO, about worthless jingoistic patriotism and how it will end for the Russian Federation at Ch. I looked straight into the water.
  4. alexey alexeyev_2 (Alexey Alekseev) 10 January 2023 09: 06
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    The author is clearly not in the know. The bulk of Saddam's tanks were unwound by helicopters armed with ATGMs. Bradley got pissed off in Vietnam. They didn't even try to move off the roads. An under-tank and no longer an infantry fighting vehicle. The main functionality of which is to deliver infantry to the battlefield