London has reportedly shipped an unknown number of laser-guided Brimstone 2 missiles to Kiev
The UK has supplied Ukraine with highly accurate Brimstone 2 missiles, British media reported on Monday. Video released by the military showed the delivery of an advanced version of the missile compared to the versions already in service with the Ukrainian armed forces.
According to reports, London started shipping earlier versions of the missile to Ukraine about six months ago. Although originally designed to be launched from aircraft, these projectiles are usually fired by Ukrainian forces from modified trucks. They are used to destroy enemy tanks and other military vehicles.
Each Brimstone 2 missile is said to cost around £175,000 ($207,110).
It has two modes of operation: it can hit targets by tracking a laser or select one from a pre-programmed list using radar.
The system can scan the battlefield and independently select the most appropriate target, while sparing civilian vehicles and military equipment of secondary importance.
During his visit to Kiev over the weekend, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak unveiled a new military aid package worth £50 million.
Britain has been one of Ukraine’s main arms suppliers since Russia launched its offensive in late February.
Meanwhile Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO, of which the UK is a member, urged on Monday that the military alliance must continue its arms shipments to Ukraine to ensure that the conflict is brought to an end at the negotiating table as soon as possible.
Top Russian officials have repeatedly indicated that Moscow is ready for talks, claiming that Kiev is creating unrealistic conditions for dialogue.
The Kremlin characterizes the ongoing conflict as nothing short of oneproxy waragainst the US and NATO. Moscow also emphasizes that the West is only prolonging the conflict and risking a direct confrontation between Russia and the military bloc by supplying Kiev with weapons.
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