In a remarkable display of precision and effectiveness, a German-supplied Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) successfully neutralized a Russian Shahed kamikaze drone in a stunning video that has taken the internet by storm.

In a groundbreaking moment that has set the internet abuzz, a remarkable video captured a German-supplied Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft gun (SPAAG) in action, engaging and ultimately neutralizing a Shahed kamikaze drone. This extraordinary footage, posted by Ukraine’s Southern Air Command on Facebook, showcases the Gepard’s prowess as it takes on the formidable task of countering Russian kamikaze drones.

The Gepard’s Unprecedented Victory

The video, recorded on the night of September 7, 2023, in Odesa Oblast, southern Ukraine, featured a Gepard SPAAG in action. In a matter of seconds, it unleashed a barrage of 35mm shells upon a Shahed suicide drone dispatched by Russian forces. The caption accompanying the Facebook post hailed the Gepard’s success: “The German ‘Gepard’ hunted down the enemy ‘shaheds’!

Subsequently, the Ukrainian Air Force shared the video on social media platforms, where it quickly went viral. Lasting just 31 seconds, the footage captured the Gepard’s swift response as it engaged the Shahed-136/131 attack drone. The intense fire continued until the drone was successfully downed, at which point the crew audibly celebrated the victory.

What sets this video apart is that it provides a first-person view of the Gepard engaging the kamikaze drone, a perspective never seen before. It was captured from the perspective of the Ukrainian crew operating the SPAAG. The Gepard’s vital role in Ukraine’s air defense has solidified its position as a critical asset, complementing the array of cutting-edge Western systems deployed by Kyiv.