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Dramatic moment Ukrainian troops use British “Starstreak” missiles to shoot down a Russian helicopter for the first time

A Russian helicopter was blown out of the sky by Ukrainian forces using a British missile.

Dramatic footage shows the moment the Mi-28N is hit by the starstreak in the Luhansk region to the east Ukraine.

The moment the helicopter bursts into flames

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The moment the helicopter bursts into flames
The wreckage of the helicopter after the crash

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The wreckage of the helicopter after the crash
The Starstreak is the world's fastest surface-to-air missile

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The Starstreak is the world’s fastest surface-to-air missileCredit: Unknown, clear with picture desk

The Starstreak is the world’s fastest surface-to-air missile, capable of traveling at three times the speed of sound.

The Defense Ministry said it was the first time the missile had been used to down a Russian plane.

In the video, the helicopter can be seen skimming the treetops before being hit in the tail by the Starstreak.

Then the back of the helicopter bursts into flames and is seen falling to the ground.

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Other footage shows the plane wreckage strewn across a street while being inspected by Ukrainian troops.

The two crew members on board the helicopter are said to have survived the downing, although it is unclear whether they were captured by the Ukrainians.

Britain announced on March 9 that it would supply the high-speed portable missiles to the Ukrainians.

Manufactured in Belfast, the missiles can be shoulder-mounted or attached to a vehicle, and each missile is split into three darts to pierce armor before the warheads detonate.

Britain has already sent thousands of anti-tank missiles to Ukraine

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace previously said the Starstreak system is ready to be deployed immediately.

He told Sky News last night: “More lethal aid will be going to Ukraine as a result of today.

“Ukraine needs longer range artillery and that is because of what the Russian army has done, which is now digging in and starting to bombard these cities with artillery.

“The best antidote to this is other long-range artillery [Ukraine will] Find and get more long-range artillery, mostly ammo.

“They are also looking for armored vehicles of some types – not necessarily tanks, but certainly protection vehicles and more anti-aircraft vehicles [weapons].

“All of this will emerge as a result of this conference.”

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