British transport aircraft are now in their third day of delivering “thousands” of anti-tank weapons to Ukraine in the face of a massive build-up of Russian troops.
Minister James Heappey told Times Radio that the Ministry of Defence has given “thousands” of anti-armour weapons to Ukraine. According to a statement given by the Defence Secretary in the House of Commons today, the 17th of January 2022.
“We have taken the decision to supply Ukraine with light, anti-armour, defensive weapon systems. A small number of UK personnel will also provide early-stage training for a short period of time, within the framework of Operation ORBITAL, before then returning to the United Kingdom. This security assistance package complements the training and capabilities that Ukraine already has, and those that are also being provided by the UK and other Allies in Europe and the United States. Ukraine has every right to defend its borders, and this new package of aid further enhances its ability to do so.“
I was on the ground at RAF Brize Norton and photgraphed the arrival of vehicles carrying explosives to the base which were later loaded onto a C-17. An image of the arrival is shown below.
The flights started on the 17th of January, with Royal Air Force C-17 aircraft departing RAF Brize Norton for Kiev multiple times per day, today is the third consecutive day of deliveries.
This is a screenshot of flight tracking software showing two British C-17s in flight at various part of their journeys to and from Ukraine.
Video from Ukraine even shows the aircraft being unloaded.
RAF C-17s arrive in Kyiv with ATGMs pic.twitter.com/JEz1rA9C89
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What weapons are being sent?
Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon, or NLAW for short. The Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW) is described by its makers Saab in the following way:
“The Bofors NLAW (Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapon) is the first ever single soldier missile system that rapidly knocks out any Main Battle Tank in just one shot by striking it from above.”
Here’s a video of the system in action.
Soldiers from D (Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire) Company, The Poachers have been spending the last couple of weeks preparing for operations and firing the NLAW anti tank missile.
What have you been doing?
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