The UK is continuing to send essential military aid to Ukraine in support of their fight against Russia.
Mon, Nov 28, 2022 |
Ukraine is set to receive Brimstone 2 missiles from the UK in a move which will enable President Volodymyr Zelensky’s forces to hunt down and target Russian tanks invading their territory. The missiles, which cost £175,000 each, have been loaded up onto planes at RAF Brize Norton, ready to be transported to the Eastern European country
They come armed with laser-guided tracking systems to allow missiles to select a target, a warhead that can break through armour and movable fins to aid with steering the rocket.
Each one is 1.8 metres long and has a range of eight miles.
The Ministry of Defence announced on its Twitter page: “As part of its aid package, the UK has provided Brimstone 2 missiles, a precision-guided missile, to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
“This aid has played a crucial role in stalling Russian advancements.”
Ukraine will receive more missiles to fight back against the Russians (Image: Getty)
Ukraine has received a lot of support internationally (Image: Getty)
The transfer of the Brimstone 2 missiles was first reported on November 21, after the first pictures of the cargo were published online.
The UK has previously supplied Kyiv with Brimstone 1 missiles, according to reports.
The original Brimstone missile system was upgraded in 2010 to Brimstone 2 and now carries a more advanced homing head, improved modular design and airframe and updated software.
These changes have improved the missile’s flight range, which is now more than 37 miles when launched from an aircraft and up to 25 miles for a helicopter launch.
However, it is still not known how much potential range the missiles have when fired from ground level.
It is hoped that this anti-tank weaponry will further stall the Kremlin’s advances, although the Ukrainian military has successfully pushed back the enemy in several areas over the past few months.