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Anti-Ship Missiles, Drones, and Radars: The UK Is Sending an Arsenal to Ukraine

Missiles MBDA Brimstone
Missiles MBDA Brimstone

Military aid continues to flow into Ukraine. The United Kingdom stepped up again and provided the Ukrainian military with an additional package of weapon systems worth $375 million. 

Anti-Ship Missiles, Drones, and Radars 

The latest military aid package included Brimstone anti-ship missiles, Stormer anti-aircraft vehicles, counter-artillery radars, unmanned aerial systems, and thousands of night vision devices. 

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the latest security aid package during a speech to the Ukrainian parliament. 

“In January of course– just before Putin launched his onslaught – we sent you planeloads of anti-tank missiles, the NLAWS which I think have become popular in Kyiv, and we have intensified that vital effort, working with dozens of countries, helping to coordinate this ever- bigger supply line, dispatching thousands of weapons of many kinds, including tanks now and armoured vehicles,” Johnson said.

Thus far, the U.K. has provided Ukraine with more than 5,000 anti-tank missiles, five air defense systems with more than 100 missiles, 1,360 anti-structure munitions, and 4.5 tonnes of plastic explosives. 

“In the coming weeks, we in the UK will send you Brimstone anti-ship missiles and Stormer anti-aircraft systems. We are providing armoured vehicles to evacuate civilians from areas under attack and protect officials – what Volodymyr mentioned to me in our most recent call – while they maintain critical infrastructure. And I can announce today from the UK government a new package of support totalling £300 million, including radars to pinpoint the artillery bombarding your cities, heavy lift drones to supply your forces, and thousands of night vision devices,” the British prime minister said in his address to the Ukrainian lawmakers. 

“We’ll Fight Them On the Beaches” 

On Tuesday, the British prime minister addressed the Ukrainian parliament. Johnson used his rhetorical flair to the maximum and, at times, resembled his hero Sir Winston Churchill

“Here in the UK, in my country, you will see Ukrainian flags flying from church spires and in shop windows. You see Ukrainian ribbons on the lapels of people up and down the country. There are many reasons your country has evoked such astonishing sympathy in the British people,” the British prime minister stated.  

Johnson was brutally direct and his eloquence. He didn’t pull any punches and described what this war is all about. 

Tanks in Ukraine

Tanks from Ukraine’s Army in combat. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

“It is a conflict that has no moral ambiguities or no grey areas. This is about the right of Ukrainians to protect themselves against Putin’s violent and murderous aggression. It is about Ukraine’s right to independence and national self-determination, against Putin’s deranged imperialist revanchism. It is about Ukrainian democracy against Putin’s tyranny. It is about freedom versus oppression. It is about right versus wrong. It is about good versus evil. And that is why Ukraine must win. And when we look at the heroism of the Ukrainian people and the bravery of your leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy – we know that Ukraine will win. And we in the UK will do everything we can to restore a free sovereign and independent Ukraine,” Johnson said.

1945’s New Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business InsiderSandboxx, and SOFREP.

1945’s Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist with specialized expertise in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business Insider, Sandboxx, and SOFREP.