WASHINGTON — The United States will deliver an additional 5,000 anti-tank missiles to Ukraine’s Javelin complex. Pentagon spokesman John Kirby announced the transfer of weapons during a briefing. The anti-tank weapons will be delivered to Ukraine by Friday, May 6.
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Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Javelin missiles would be provided to Ukraine as part of military aid to combat Russian aggression.
Javelin ATGM is a third-generation portable anti-tank missile system manufactured by the American companies Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. It belongs to the shoot-and-forget system, which has been in the US military and several other countries since the 1990s. The complex is designed for the destruction of armored vehicles and air targets at low altitudes [helicopters, UAVs].
The FGM-148 Javelin missile has a thermal self-targeting head, so the missile system operator does not have to monitor and correct the missile’s flight after launch as it approaches the target.
M113 to Ukraine
As BulgarianMilitary.com reported on May 1, at least five US states have confirmed that their military supplies will send “Vietnam war combat taxis” M113 APCs to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. These are Indiana, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, and West Virginia.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that US President Joe Biden promised $ 800 million in aid [on April 13] and the M113 is part of this military package for Ukraine. Defense News says at least 200 armored personnel carriers of this kind will travel to the European country. BulgarianMilitary.com suggests that the military planes loaded with M113 will land in Stuttgart, Germany, where the distribution depot of military aid to Ukraine from around the world is located.
Several state governors have announced that the National Guard’s M113 stocks and supplies will be inspected, repaired if necessary and brought into full combat readiness, and then sent for delivery to Ukraine. “The governors are the commanders in chief of their respective national guards, and they’re proud to do so,” National Guard Association of the United States spokesman John Goheen said Friday.
Why not Abrams tanks?
The Pentagon suggests that the M113 will be much more useful than the main Abrams battle tank for two reasons: The M113 is much lighter than the tanks, so it will be more mobile in the spring rainy, and muddy periods and will be predictable quickly. The second reason is that in 2016 the United States officially stopped buying M113 and is currently working on a program to replace them, which means: surplus quantities. So instead of spending money on recycling or rebuilding them years later, the United States sends them directly to the battlefield: what they’re meant for.
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