US approves sale of Javelin missiles for $47 mln to Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Ukraine and the United States can now sign a contract for the purchase of 37 anti-tank complexes
08:08, 2 March 2018

U.S. State Department approved possible sale of Javelin anti-tank missiles and launch units to Ukraine at an the cost of $47 million, the Pentagon said on Thursday. This was reported by Reuters.

The Pentagon said in a statement on Thursday the proposed sale would not alter the military balance in the region.

“The Javelin system will help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in order to meet its national defense requirements,” it said.

Ukraine’s government has asked to buy 210 Javelin missiles and 37 Javelin Command Launch Units, the statement said. The prime contractor will be a joint venture of Raytheon Co and Lockheed Martin Corp, it added.

Related: Javelin to be supplied in Ukraine in 2018, - Defense Minister of Ukraine

As it was reported earlier, Kurt Volker, the U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine predicts that the support of Ukraine will not be limited by the supply of the Javelin. He reminded that the US also provided Ukraine with the support during the presidentship of Barack Obama but the limit on the arms supply acted.

In such way, the Americans strive to fill the gaps in the armament of the Ukrainian army. The special envoy noted that the US will continue to provide free support but at the same time Ukraine gets the right to purchase the missing arms.

Related: Ukrainian army prepares to put U.S. Javelins into service, - General Staff

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