​First Batch of Estonia-Donated Javelin Missiles Arrive in Ukraine

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Javelin missiles being loaded on to a Ukrainian military An-26 transport plane / Photo credit: EDF/mil.ee
Javelin missiles being loaded on to a Ukrainian military An-26 transport plane / Photo credit: EDF/mil.ee

Estonia delivered the first batch of U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank weapons systems to Ukraine by Ukrainian military An-26 transport aircraft

The systems had previously been in Estonian Defense Forces (EDF) use – as EDF’s Commander Lt. Gen. Martin Herem said – Estonian source ERR News reports.

Estonia  delivered the first batch of U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank weapons systems to Ukraine, Defense Express
Estonian military aid was delivered to Ukraine by Ukrainian military An-26 transport aircraft

Lt. Gen. Martin Herem, Commander of the Estonian Defense Forces (EDF), said: "This is a small step by Estonia in support of Ukraine, but it is a real and tangible contribution to defense against Russian aggression."

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Estonia  delivered the first batch of U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank weapons systems to Ukraine, Defense Express
Estonia  delivered the first batch of U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank weapons systems to Ukraine, Defense Express
Estonia delivered the first batch of U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank weapons systems to Ukraine

"At the moment, these missiles are more useful for Estonia's security in defense of Ukraine rather than at a live firing exercise on an Estonian training area," Herem added. The systems had previously been in EDF use.

Estonia's Ambassador to Ukraine Kaimo Kuusk announced this event on Twitter too.

Just delivering Javelin anti-tank missiles from Estonia to our Ukrainian friends," Kuusk wrote.

Estonia did not disclose the number of Javelin missiles. Earlier, Kuusk said that it was a "significant number" of missiles.

Estonia  delivered the first batch of U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank weapons systems to Ukraine, Defense Express

In his turn Ukraine's Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov wrote on social media that the country appreciates the support from its "friends".

"We see-we aren't alone," he wrote. "Today we got Javelins from our friends, neighbors & partners - Estonia."

Estonia  delivered the first batch of U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank weapons systems to Ukraine, Defense Express

Estonian Defense Forces had been using Javelins since 2015. Although deliveries of Javelins to Estonia took place as recently as 2020, the system has been largely superseded by Israeli-made Spike SR, 500 of which arrived in-country last month.

Estonia  delivered the first batch of U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank weapons systems to Ukraine, Defense Express
Javelin missiles donated by Estonia arrived in Ukraine on Friday, February 18 / Photo credit: Estonian Embassy in Kyiv, Ukraine.)

A Javelin is a shoulder-operated, portable, medium-range fire-and-forget anti-tank missile system made in the U.S. They have an effective range of around 2 km.

Estonia  delivered the first batch of U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank weapons systems to Ukraine, Defense Express
Estonian Defense Forces had been using Javelins since 2015 / Photo credit: Ints Kalnins / Reuters

As Defense Express reported, amid threat of Russia’s invasion Ukrainian security and defense forces' training feature the newly received weaponry from NATO partners: Javelin and NLAW anti-tank missile systems, Stinger missile system, and more.

Estonia  delivered the first batch of U.S.-made Javelin anti-tank weapons systems to Ukraine, Defense Express
Live firing of FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile conducted as part of Ukrainian military drills in areas close to separation line from Russia-backed separatist forces / Photo credit: MOD of Ukraine

Units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine are conducting tactical and special exercises in preparation for repelling a conventional enemy trying to break through the defenses in the tank- and airborne-hazardous areas. The drills take place amid the escalation of the conflict in Eastern Europe, as Russia is concentrating estimately half its military force near the border of Ukraine, in Belarus, and in the temporarily occupied areas of Ukraine. The Ukrainian forces stay strong, with the top military leaders being sure: the Armed Forces of Ukraine are absolutely ready to repel any aggressor.

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