Estonia plans to provide Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine
According to information published by the EER website on December 30, 2021, Estonia plans to provide Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine.
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Spc. Cody Kennann, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment from Amarillo, Texas, fires a Javelin anti-tank missile. (Picture source U.S. DoD)
Estonia cannot provide American-made Javelin missiles without permission from the United States and also Finland and Germany, the manufacturer of the missiles.
Peeter Kuimet, head of the Estonian Ministry of Defense international cooperation department, told ERR Thursday that: "Estonia has made a decision in principal and via the Ministry of Defense that our desire is to support Ukraine with armaments and ammunition in its current, difficult security situation."
On February 2020, United States delivered 128 anti-tank Raytheon Javelin missiles to the Estonian Ministry of Defense and Estonian Defense Forces as part of a larger contract signed by the Estonian Center for Defense Investment and the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Estonian Defense Forces and United States European Command continue to work together to achieve joint strategic objectives and guarantee stability in the region. The United States has provided Estonia with over $100 million in joint defense cooperation over the past few years and takes part in over 150 military-to-military engagements between our service members each year.
The Javelin Close Combat Missile System – Medium is a man-portable, fire-and-forget, anti-tank guided missile. The whole system consists of a missile in a disposable launch tube assembly and a reusable CLU (Command Launch Unit). The CLU mechanically engages the launch tube assembly for shoulder firing, has day and night sights for surveillance and target acquisition, and electronically interfaces with the missile for target lock-on and missile launch. An operationally ready Javelin system weighs around 22 kg.
The Javelin missile employs a tandem shaped-charge warhead to defeat vehicle armor and can be fired in direct-attack or top-attack modes. The missile has an effective firing range of 2,500 m and 4,000 m for the lightweight LCU. It has a maximum firing of 4,750 m when the missile is fired from a vehicle weapon station.