The US have announced that they will send more deadly weaponry to Ukraine including surface to air missiles which is worth £520 million.
The US government further announced £270m contract for 1,800 more Javelin surface to air missiles to be made to resupply the Ukrainian armed forces to counterattack Russian forces.
A statement from the US Department of Defence said, “To date, the Javelin Joint Venture has produced more than 50,000 Javelin missiles and more than 12,000 reusable Command Launch Units.
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“Javelin is expected to remain in the US weapon arsenal until 2050 and is subject to continual upgrades to support evolving operational needs.”
The Javelin was originally British made which can be fired from the shoulder or from a dedicated launcher named the Lightweight Multiple Launcher (LML), that carries three rounds, and can be vehicle mounted.
The Javelin has a high explosive warhead which is very effective against aircraft especially helicopters and tanks.
Rosyjski czołg T80 trafiony przy użyciu FGM-148 Javelin'a⬇️
Coś pięknego 😎 pic.twitter.com/GsroNusGVN
— Pitry (@Baltic__Sea) September 10, 2022
It is not clear what the other weaponry will be, but on Thursday the Russian Foreign Ministry threatened the US with war if they “cross the red line” and supply Kyiv with anymore HIMARs and longer range missiles.
The US has provided Ukraine with M31A1 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) which can hit their targets with precision up to 50 miles away.
The Ukraine are “wreaking havoc” and Vladimir Putin who is facing a crushing defeat as the US supplied HIMARS are turning the tide in the war and the situation on the front lines has now “become dramatic.”
Impressive Javelin long distance shot, by paratrooper of the Ukrainian 81st Airmobile Brigade, on a Russian Tank causing an instant cook off on impact.
— BlueSauron👁️ (@Blue_Sauron) September 15, 2022
Maria Zakharova, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday, “If Washington decides to supply longer-range missiles to Kyiv, then it will be crossing a red line, and will become a direct party to the conflict.”
Zakharova added that Russia “reserves the right to defend its territory.”