British defense officials say hundreds of Brimstone anti-ship missiles will soon arrive in Ukraine.
“The preparation of this batch of Brimstone missiles is fast enough to be delivered to Ukraine in the coming weeks,” said James Heppe, the deputy minister in charge of the armed forces. brotherspeaking in Parliament today.
According to Heppe, the plan to supply hundreds of Brimstone anti-ship missiles was carried out in response to a request from Ukraine to provide long-range weapons.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week that Britain was considering the option of supplying the country with Brimstone missiles. Ukraineincluding their installation on motor vehicles.
The Brimstone missile is a family of missiles developed by the United Kingdom and can be launched from a variety of platforms such as aircraft and warships. The missile was originally optimized to destroy ground targets such as tanks, but can also be used to attack targets such as armed ships and small warships.
The first Brimstone version entered service with the British Army in 2005 and has been used on the battlefields of Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. Each bullet is 1.8m long and has a mass of 50kg, of which the armor-piercing warhead weighs 6.3kg, has a range of about 20km and a speed of 1600km/h.
The Brimstone 2 variant entered service in 2016 with a number of improvements to the detector to improve its ability to capture camouflaged targets in complex environments. The rocket motor has also been improved, enabling it to hit targets from a distance of 40-60 km, depending on the type of launcher.
The British Ministry of Defence said in an intelligence report released today that the Russian Black Sea Fleet is deploying approximately 20 battleships Close to the Ukrainian coast, it is capable of launching cruise missiles at targets deep within the country’s territory.
Recently, Ukraine’s president has repeatedly urged Western countries to increase support for Ukraine’s heavy weapons, especially fighter jets, tanks and long-range missiles.
British Defence Minister Ben Wallace said on April 25 that London would supply Kyiv with armoured vehicles capable of firing missiles at Russian aircraft. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss then called on allies to step up production of military equipment and to send more arms and heavy weapons to support Ukraine in the conflict, despite the risk of escalation.
Wu Ying (according to BBC)