Footage has emerged showing UK-supplied Brimstone missiles being used against Russian forces with the missiles hitting multiple tanks in rapid succession.
Video footage released by the Ukrainian defence ministry shows the Brimstone missiles hitting Russian armour. A statement from forces said:
“From the first days of the open invasion of Russia, the support of our foreign partners has played an important role in countering enemy forces. Weapons, material and technical means that give us fellow countries are our strength on the way to victory.”
On April 28th, James Heappey the Under-Secretary of State for the Armed Forces, confirmed that “hundreds” of Brimstone missiles would be sent to Ukraine, the first of which were slated to arrive in the “next few weeks”.
#Ukraine: The first ever footage of what is claimed by the UA side to be UK-supplied Brimstone missiles in use against Russian forces in the East.
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) May 17, 2022
What is Brimstone?
Brimstone is a ground/air-launched ground attack missile developed by MBDA UK for the Royal Air Force.
Each Brimstone is 1.8 meters in length and weighs 50 kg. The weapon is guided by dual active millimetric-wave radar and semi-active laser, meaning it can be used in adverse weather conditions and at night.
Brimstones’s wide range of target types includes:
- fast moving and manoeuvring vehicles,
- tanks and armoured cars, bunkers,
- naval vessels including swarming and individual Fast In-shore Attack Craft (FIAC).
What else has Britain sent?
Britain has so far sent more than 6,900 new anti-tank missiles, additional consignments of Javelin anti-tank missiles, air defence systems including Starstreak anti-air missiles, 1,360 anti-structure munitions and 4.5 tonnes of plastic explosives.
The information was provided by Leo Docherty, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence), you can read the information below.
“The United Kingdom strongly condemns the appalling, unprovoked attack President Putin has launched on the people of Ukraine. We continue to stand with Ukraine and continue to support its right to be a sovereign, independent and democratic nation. The United Kingdom and our allies and partners are responding decisively to provide military and humanitarian assistance. This includes weapons that help Ukraine’s heroic efforts to defend itself.
We have sent more than 6,900 new anti-tank missiles, known as NLAWs—next-generation light anti-tank weapons—a further consignment of Javelin anti-tank missiles, eight air defence systems, including Starstreak anti-air missiles, 1,360 anti-structure munitions and 4.5 tonnes of plastic explosives.
As Ukraine steadies itself for the next attack, the UK is stepping up efforts to help its defence. As we announced on 26 April, we will be sending 300 more missiles, anti-tank systems, innovative loitering munitions, armoured fighting vehicles and anti-ship systems to stop shelling from Russian ships. The United Kingdom has confirmed £1.3 billion of new funding for military operations and aid to Ukraine. This includes the £300 million the Prime Minister announced on 3 May for electronic warfare equipment, a counter-battery radar system, GPS jamming equipment and thousands of night-vision devices.
The Ministry of Defence retains the humanitarian assistance taskforce at readiness; its headquarters are at 48-hours readiness, and the remainder of the force can move with five days’ notice, should its assistance be requested. The UK has pledged £220 million of humanitarian aid for Ukraine, which includes granting in kind to the Ukraine armed forces more than 64,000 items of medical equipment from the MOD’s own supplies. We are ensuring that the UK and our security interests are secured and supporting our many allies and partners, especially Ukraine.”