Ukraine’s forces reportedly fired a Storm Shadow/SCALP cruise missile from a Sukhoi Su-24 fighter at Russian Navy Black Sea Fleet’s Project 775 landing ship.
While both Russian and Ukrainians said cruise missiles were used, the launch platform were not identified.
Yesterday, the Ukrainian Air Force confirmed that they exclusively employ Storm Shadow/SCALP cruise missiles, marking the first deployment of such weapons against targets in Crimea.
The targeted warship was located in the Sevastopol region of Crimea during the attack. It was revealed that the Project 775 Class Landing Craft sustained severe damage from the assault, which employed either Storm Shadow cruise missiles provided by the United Kingdom or SCALP cruise missiles supplied by France (these missiles are essentially identical but bear different names).
Ukraine periodically targets ships in the Russian Black Sea Fleet with kamikaze unmanned marine vehicles and missiles. In August 2023, the Ukrainian military directed a drone attack against the Project 775 Class Tank Landing Ship Olenegorski Gornjak.
Mykola Oleshchuk, the head of Ukraine's Air Force, commended his pilots for their outstanding combat performance on Telegram, implying that the weaponry was launched from Ukrainian aircraft. He also hinted at the possibility of further actions. Oleshchuk's message, written in Ukrainian, indicated the use of either the UK's Storm Shadow or France's SCALP cruise missiles, both of which boast a range exceeding 150 miles (240 km), three times greater than the range of missiles previously employed by Ukraine.