Netherlands sends by C-17 aircraft Panzerfaust 3 anti-tank weapons and Stinger missiles to Ukraine

According to information published by the Ministry of Defense of The Netherlands on February 27, 2022, 50 Panzerfaust 3 anti-tank weapon systems with 400 rockets and 200 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, promised by the Netherlands yesterday, are on their way to Ukraine.
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Weapons and military equipment donated by the Netherlands are loaded on C-17 transport aircraft at Eindhoven airbase on February 27, 2022. (Picture source Dutch MoD)

The Netherlands also supplies Ukraine with 100 sniper rifles and 3,000 munitions. All these military equipment and weapons will be transported by C-17 transport aircraft. The aircraft took off today from the airport of Eindhoven air base to a country in Eastern Europe. From there, the military equipment will be transported by road to Ukraine.

The delivery of anti-tank weapons and air defense missile systems is very important for the Ukrainian armed forces, in fact, Russian armed forces uses mechanized brigades equipped with main battle tanks and armored vehicles to conquer the cities of Kyiv and Kharkiv.

According to U.S. military sources, a U.S. senior defense official said on February 25, 2022, the United States assesses that Russia is yet to achieve air superiority over Ukraine amid its military intervention in the former Soviet republic.

Numerous media report the progress of the Russian forces and the seizure of airfields near Kyiv by airborne troops using transport helicopters. The primary objective of the Russian army is to achieve air superiority and during the first days of the battle, they carried out airstrikes on Ukrainian command centers, arsenals, airfields, bunkers and air defense systems, to ensure the domination of the airspace over the whole theater of operations.

The Panzerfaust 3 is a man-portable rocket-propelled grenade that can be operated by a single soldier. The weapon has been designed to destroy main battle tanks such as T-72 and T-80. The rocket is able to penetrate 900mm of steel armor or 700mm of ERA (Explosive Reactive armor).

The Panzerfaust 3 has an effective combat range from 150 to 300 m against moving targets and 400 to 600 m against static targets. The ergonomic design of the controls, such as handles, launcher, barrel shape and optical sight, is a predefined standard. All controls are easy to handle in all shooting positions.

The FIM-92 Stinger is an American-made Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS) that operates as an infrared homing surface-to-air missile (SAM). The Stinger missile is able to destroy low-level flying threats such as aircraft, helicopters, UAVs, and cruise missiles

The Stinger missile itself has an outward targeting range of up to 4,800 m (15,700 feet) and can engage low-altitude enemy threats at up to 3,800m (12,500 feet).