Britain to Supply Short Range Anti-Air Missiles to Ukraine

Britain increases its supply of weapons to Ukraine, adding the short range portable anti-air Starstreak missiles built by Thales. Britain has sent a significant number of anti-tank weapons so far to Ukraine. The government confirmed that the decision was taken in principle to provide Ukraine with the short-range missile.

British government also agreed to send limited numbers of Javelin anti-tank missiles alongside non-lethal items such as ration packs and medical supplies.

Starstreak is a high-velocity missile designed to provide air defense against helicopters, low flying fixed wing jets and unmanned air vehicles out to a range upwards of 4 miles. British have fielded the weapon first in 1997 as mounted on an armored vehicle, but it has been re-configured as a lightweight multiple-missile launcher.

Starstreak will be the second significant weapon system to be sent by Britain to Ukraine. Just before the Russian invasion, Britain delivered Next Generation Light Anti-tank Weapons (NLAW) to the country. It initially provided 2000 weapons but increased the number to 3615 with more likely to be delivered in the future.

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