UK Plans to Supply Brimstone Missiles to Ukraine

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A triplet of single-mode Brimstone missiles
A triplet of single-mode Brimstone missiles

Britain is looking at ways to supply anti-ship missiles to Ukraine, including mounting its Brimstone missiles to vehicles

According to Prime Minister Boris Johnson's statement on Tuesday, April 19, Britain is looking at ways to supply anti-ship missiles to Ukraine, including mounting its Brimstone missiles to vehicles.

Three Brimestone missiles equipped to aircraft. Photo: MBDA
Three Brimestone missiles equipped to aircraft. Photo: MBDA

Asked what anti-ship weaponry Britain was planning to send to Ukraine to support it against the Russian invasion, Johnson said: "One of the systems that we're looking at ... is to see if we could mount some Brimstones on the back of technicals (vehicles) to see if that will do the job."

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He also said there were other options under consideration.

MBDA and Polish defense enterprise PGZ have demonstrated an IFV armed with MBDA’s Brimstone missile during MSPO-2019 ehibition
MBDA and Polish defense enterprise PGZ have demonstrated an IFV armed with MBDA’s Brimstone missile during MSPO-2019 ehibition

Brimstone missiles have previously been used by British forces in Libya and Syria, and are typically launched from fast jet aircraft. Their manufacturer, MBDA, says they can be used against fast-moving land and sea targets.

Maritime Brimstone. Photo: MBDA
Maritime Brimstone. Photo: MBDA

Brimstone is a long-range, all-weather performance missile that can engage line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight targets.

The missile can defeat active protection systems (APS) and provide salvo-firing and moving target capability.

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