United States approves the transfer of Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine

According to information published by the "Politico" website on January 19, 2022, the U.S. State Department has approved the transfer of Javelin anti-tank and ground-to-air missiles to Ukraine from NATO allies including Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia
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A U.S. Army paratrooper assigned to 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade fires an FGM-148 Javelin shoulder-fired anti-tank missile during a combined arms live-fire exercise at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, (Picture source U.S. DoD)

At the same time United Staes has approved the delivery of weapons to Ukraine for an amount of $200 million including anti-armor missiles, ammunition and other military equipment. Citing CNN information, U.S. Special Forces deployed in Ukraine will provide training to Ukrainian forces and a senior administration official said it is possible that other agencies could provide some support, likely the CIA.

According to pictures released on Internet, Russia has massed some 100,000 troops near Ukraine's borders as well as tank, artillery and support equipment are deployed in Yelnya which is 130 km east of Russia-Belarus border.

Currently, Russia has launched joint military exercise with Belarus and according to Reuters information, Russian military equipment were transported to Belarus by rail from Russia's Eastern Military District thousands of miles away, the Defence Ministry's Zvezda TV channel said. Russia said on Tuesday that 12 SU-35 fighter jets, two divisions of S-400 air defence systems and a division of Pantsir-S air defence systems were being transported.

On January 2, 2022, Army Recognition had reported that Estonia plans to provide Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine but he had to get permission from the United States and the manufacturer of the weapons. A few days later, United Kingdom government has alos approved the delivery of NLAW man-portable anti-tan weapons to Ukraine.

The Javelin guided missile and launcher is a fire-and-forget, manportable medium close combat missile system consisting of a command launch unit (CLU) and a round. The Javelin is operated by an individual Soldier or in crews of two or three. It can be used during the day, at night, and during limited visibility conditions.

The Javelin misssile is launched from the CLU and has a maximum firing range of 2,500 m. The tandem warhead is fitted with two shaped charges including a precursor warhead to initiate explosive reactive armour and a main warhead to penetrate base armour.