Apartment block in Kiev hit by US-made AIM-120C for NASMAS air defense systems

The missile that hit an apartment block in Kiev today was a US-made AIM-120C launched from one of the newly arrived NASMAS air defense systems, donated to Ukraine in the last months. Local people shared on social media photos of the wreckage of the missile. Even though Ukraine blamed Russia for the strike, it turns out the missile was not Russian but American and was fired by Ukrainian troops.

Apartment block in Kiev hit by US-made AIM-120C for NASMAS air defense systems
Wreckage of the missile, photo: Telegram

The fragment shown in the photo has the word LIFT as the American AIM-120C. This is an anti-aircraft missile for the NASAMS systems which were recently donated to Ukraine. By analyzing the photos which Ukrainian citizens published themselves the missile which hit their residential building can be easily identified as American.

Apartment block in Kiev hit by US-made AIM-120C for NASMAS air defense systems
AIM-120C, source: Telegram

Raytheon Technologies announced last month that it had delivered the first two of the NASAMS air defense systems promised to Ukraine by the US government. The NASAMS (National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System) primarily uses the AIM-120 Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM).

The missile is also used by fighter jets in air-to-air applications. Procured to 40 countries, the AMRAAM missile has been integrated onto the F-15A/B/C/D/E Eagle/Strike Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Super Hornet, F-22 Raptor, Eurofighter Typhoon, JAS-39 Gripen, Tornado and Harrier. The newest version of AIM is operational on all F-35 Joint Strike Fighter variants. It is the only radar-guided, air-to-air missile cleared for be deployed on the F-35.

Earlier Reuters reported that Russian missiles hit a number of targetsĀ  in the Kyiv region, killing at least six people during attacks that caused blackouts across the country.

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