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The United States’ “radar killer” is said to affect Russian air defenses

For a maximum range of 150 km, the AGM-88 is ideally fired from a fighter jet. “The air-launched missile is much better at picking up enemy radar signals and thus determining the direction or exact location of a position,” writes weapons expert Tyler Rogoway in The Drive magazine. “Although Ukrainian fighter jets date from Soviet times and are not compatible with the AMG-88, this problem can be avoided with simple modifications.”

“AGM-88 will be a real threat”

Thomas C. Thener makes a similar argument. He thinks it is plausible that Ukrainians are using the AGM-88 in programmed mode, where the missile is locked onto a target before launch: “This mode would be compatible with Ukrainian jets, they would have to bring the missile into the air, Go into supersonic flight and leave them.” The missile will then automatically fly to the target area, scan the enemy radar signal and follow it to the source.

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However, even with Russian anti-aircraft defenses “very active” near the front line, Tyler Rogove believes it is more likely that Ukrainians will fire the AGM-88 from a ground launch pad. “This would pose a major threat to Russian air defense in Ukraine and prevent them from keeping Ukrainian fighters at bay.” Rogoway also sees the possibility that Ukrainian aircraft could provoke Russian anti-aircraft deployments and force them to turn on their radars – and then have AGM-88 missiles knock them out. “Apart from drone and artillery attacks, Russian air defense has not been disrupted much,” writes Tyler Rogowe. “AGM-88 will be a real threat.”

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Attacks in southern Ukraine spark speculation

A suspected attack in the Kherson region – more than 150 kilometers behind Russian lines – sparked speculation on Tuesday morning about another possible use of the missile. According to eyewitnesses, a Russian ammunition depot was hit in Novoleksivika, north of Crimea:

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