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Kub: The anti-aircraft missile system from Slovakia set to protect Ukraine

Watch: What is the Kub anti-aircraft missile system?

Slovakia is the second Nato country set to send fighter jets to Ukraine, following Poland, which announced on Friday it would be giving four MiG-29s to Kyiv.

Along with its donation of 13 jets, Slovakia will also supply two of its Kub air defence systems, the country's Prime Minister Eduard Heger said.

Developed by the Soviet Union in the 1960s, the 2K12 Kub surface-to-air missile system will look to assist in safeguarding the Ukrainian civilian population and infrastructure from Russia's bombings and attacks.

The air defence system is in use with forces around the world and possesses a tracked design which makes the system highly mobile.

It operates with target acquisition and guidance radar, with a launcher that carries three missiles.

2K12 Kub surface-to-air missile system firing 17032023 CREDIT Czech Republic MOD
The 2K12 Kub surface-to-air missile system operates with target acquisition and guidance radar (Picture: Czech Republic MOD).

The system's turntable ensures its multi-directional missile firing capability. 

It can engage targets at altitudes ranging from 50m to 14,000m with a range of up to 16 miles.


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