The Russian TG channel claims that Ukraine hit the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet with French Scalp-EG missiles
Missile attack on the Black Sea headquarters fleet was carried out not by British Storm Shadow cruise missiles, but by French Scalp-EG. This was reported by the Mash TG channel.
Ukrainian armed forces hit the headquarters of the Black Sea Fleet with French Scalp-EG air-launched cruise missiles. The headquarters building in Sevastopol was hit by two missiles, and if one of them penetrated the ceiling and exploded, the second did not work and flew towards the theater, where it remained until the sappers arrived. Due to a possible detonation of the rocket, residents of nearby houses were evacuated. Later, the rocket was taken to the test site and disposed of.
Although the French Scalp-EG and the British Storm Shadow are actually the same missile, produced for different customers, there are differences, and very important ones. While the British version of the missile has one warhead, the French version has two. The first is cumulative, it is designed to penetrate fortifications, and the second is high-explosive fragmentation, it is triggered after the missile penetrates the shelter.
It is assumed that it was this feature that influenced the choice of the French missile to strike Sevastopol. In Kyiv, they planned in advance to cause as much destruction as possible. And if the second rocket had fired, this would have happened.
It was previously reported that France supplied Ukraine with at least 50 Scalp-EG cruise missiles, but this is official. It’s difficult to say how many of them are actually in service with the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The air-launched cruise missile SCALP-EG (Systeme de Croisiere conventionnel Autonome a Longue portee Precis – Emploi General purpose, “multi-purpose high-precision long-range cruise missile with autonomous guidance”) has a range of 250 km. To use it, the Air Force of the Ukrainian Armed Forces did not have to remake the Su-24 front-line bombers capable of carrying the British Storm Shadow, the missile release systems are similar.
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