“During the fourth quarter at expense of the focus resources of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine, we succeeded to conclude the contracts for the supply of the second batch of the anti-tank missile complexes Javeline produced by the U.S. We also order the similar missile complexes of our national producer. We have a few stations of artillery intelligence, about 100 armored vehicles of different types and armored fighting vehicles, a few planes. Talking about a few, I mean the resource of the fourth quarter. We continue to move toward the provision of the troops with the stations of the radio warfare and electronic intelligence,” Petrenko said.
According to him, the Defense Ministry implemented three contracts in 2019.
“Two contracts with the U.S. government on the program of the foreign military sales and one more contract with NATO Agency on support and supply. It allows us to use all resources we possess at the armament market, - the state nation, non-governmental national and foreign producers and suppliers,” Petrenko added.
Deputy Foreign Ministry also underlined that the ministry gathers momentum of the supplies to the troops of modern and new samples of the ammunition and military hardware.
Ukraine’s Embassy to the U.S. noted on Facebook that it is the first large-scale contract of the direct intergovernmental defense purchases between Ukraine and the U.S.
“We can finally reveal more details. It is the first large-scale contract of the direct intergovernmental defense purchases between Ukraine and the U.S. Ukraine has concluded the contract for the purchase of the batch of Javelin from the U.S. due to the purchases held by the Defense Ministry of Ukraine on Pentagon’s program Foreign Military Sales, FMS,” the embassy noted.
It is a step forward for Ukraine as the old system banned the Defense Ministry from the direct supplies of armament and hardware from foreign states.
In January 2019, president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko stated that the Ukrainian military have not yet applied Javelins.
Ukraine since the beginning of Russia's military aggression in the spring of 2014 was negotiating with the United States on the supply of lethal weapons. Previously, Washington supplied Kiev with only non-lethal assistance (including armored Humvee cars, RQ-11B Raven drones, and counterbattery radars) and helped in the training of Ukrainian servicemen.
Javelin is the American man-portable missile launchers. It is designed to take down the enemy ground vehicles, drones and helicopters. The price of one unit, including the payload of six missiles, makes 1.3 million U.S. dollars.