Russian forces use guided rockets

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by Nicolas Fiorenza

The UK is exploring the possibility of donating Starstreak MANPADS missiles to Ukraine. (Thales)

Britain’s Defense Secretary Ben Wallace told parliament on March 9 that London had decided to explore the possibility of donating Starstreak High Speed ​​Man-portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) missiles to the Ukraine. He said the system was requested by Kyiv and “will remain within the definition of defensive weapons, but will allow the Ukrainian force to better defend its skies.”

Wallace noted that the international community has donated more than 900 MANPADS missiles and thousands of anti-tank guided weapons to Ukraine, but “capacity needs to be built.”

He also updated Parliament on deliveries of Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapons (NLAW) to Ukraine, with 3,615 delivered so far, with more to come, as well as the “soon” delivery of a small batch of Javelin anti-tank systems. The initial supply he announced to parliament on January 17 was to be 2,000 NLAW, small arms and ammunition. It was the first time that British military aid to the Ukrainian Armed Forces included weapons systems.

In his latest announcement to parliament, Wallace said the UK would increase supplies of rations, medical equipment and other non-lethal military aid to Ukraine. As well as lethal weapons, he told parliament on January 17 that the UK would provide body armor, helmets, boots, hearing protection, ration packs, range finders and communications equipment.

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