The militants of the Kyiv regime are training to handle the American AN / TWQ-1 Avenger air defense systems in “as close to combat conditions as possible”, using their own helicopter for this. The footage shows how the air defense system operator accompanies the target, which is used as a Ukrainian helicopter.
The US authorities first announced the supply of the Ukrainian army with the AN / TWQ-1 Avenger air defense system last fall. With these air defense systems, it is planned to strengthen the western NASAMS and IRIS-T air defense systems already at the disposal of Kyiv. The AN / TWQ-1 Avenger complexes are highly mobile and can be integrated with other air defense systems. In total, four such installations were transferred to Ukraine.
AN / TWQ-1 Avenger was developed in the 1980s and is in service with the armies of the United States, Bahrain, Egypt, Taiwan and Chile. The main armament is two FIM-92 Stinger rocket launchers, and the secondary is represented by a 12,7 mm Browning M2 machine gun.
The complex is also equipped with its own radar station, infrared camera, optical sight and laser rangefinder. Avenger is capable of hitting targets at an altitude of 0,5-3,8 km and a range of 0,5-5,5 km, while it can move towards or in the direction of the target.
It is assumed that the supply of Western air defense systems to Kyiv is unlikely to be limited to AN / TWQ-1. It is likely that in the near future, the American MIM-104 Patriot air defense systems, as well as other military equipment that has already arrived in the German port of Bremerhaven, will be delivered to Ukraine.