Knocking ‘Em Out of the Sky Since ’78

I don’t usually like to start my pieces with a video, but I’ll make an exception in this case. The video below is too awesome not to include right away. It shows a Stinger missile doing what Stingers do best; blowing stuff out of the sky. In this instance, a Russian helicopter (which looks to me like a Mi-28 Havoc) was downed over the Ukrainian countryside last March. It had what you call a “good effect on target.”

A Stinger surface-to-air missile takes down what looks to be a Mi-28 Russian helicopter over Ukraine. Video courtesy of YouTube and Mematiane

To date, we have supplied the Ukrainian military with more than fourteen hundred FIM-92 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles. But, before they got them from us, the Baltic states had been providing the Ukrainians with Stingers since January. To do that, they needed to get US permission which we granted, being pretty sure a Russian invasion was imminent.