Denmark to provide Ukraine with Harpoon coastal defense anti-ship missile systems
According to information published by the International Press Agency Reuters, on May 23, 2022, Denmark announced that it will provide Ukraine Harpoon coastal defense anti-ship missile system. Regularly, the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy appeals for international assistance to obtain more military equipment in order to strengthen his combat capabilities against Russian forces.
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Danish navy launcher unit of Harpoon coastal defense anti-ship missile system. (Picture source Wikimedia)
Following the withdrawal from the north of Ukraine, Russia's armed forces have refocused its efforts on taking control of the east and south of the country and strengthening the deployment of its troops in the east of the Ukrainian territory.
There has been no significant merchant shipping activity in or out of Odesa since the start of the war in Ukraine. Russia's subsequent naval blockade of key Black Sea ports has deterred the commercial shipping industry from operating in the area.
On May 19, 2022, Ukraine requested the United States to obtain Harpoon anti-ship missiles to counter a possible attack of the Russian armed forces from the sea, but also to remove the naval mines they’ve placed that are blocking off the key port of Odesa.
The Harpoon Block II is an anti-ship missile manufactured by the American company Boeing. It features autonomous, all-weather, over-the-horizon capability and can execute both land-strike and anti-ship missions. The 227-kg blast warhead delivers lethal firepower against a wide variety of land-based targets, including coastal defense sites, surface-to-air missile sites, exposed aircraft, port or industrial facilities, and ships in port. It has a maximum firing range of around 125 km.
The Harpoon Coastal Defense System Launch System (HCDS) is the land-based version of the Boeing Harpoon missile Block II anti-ship. The system is based on truck military chassis with four missile launcher containers at the rear of the truck. The missiles are used to destroy enemy coastal defenses, surface-to-air missile launch sites, aircraft, ports, and docked ships.