A video showing a Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet being “shot down” by a NASAMS surface-to-air missile system has gone viral in Ukraine. However, the Ukrainian Air Force has issued a statement clarifying that the incident was just a training exercise.
According to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, the NASAMS that have been sent to Ukraine are now fully operational, and their performance has been very impressive. Shortly after this statement, the internet was flooded with rumors that the NASAMS had shot down Russia’s “most powerful” Su-35 fighters.
Yesterday, Ukrainian media and other fake accounts reported that the NASAMS defense systems had downed a Su-35 fighter.
According to StratCom’s message on Telegram, the Ukrainian Armed Forces, with the help of the Norwegian NASAMS system, shot down a sophisticated and advanced Katsap bucket with bolts, also known as a Su-35 fighter jet, near Bakhmut. According to the report, the pilot supposedly ejected but could not survive.