300 Shots Fired, 280 Russian Tanks Destroyed: US Missiles In Ukrainian Hands.
Javelin missiles in Ukraine: At least 280 Russian armored vehicles have been destroyed with the American Javelin missile, out of 300 shots fired, according to a report.
The Ukrainian military fighting the much larger Russian invasion force has been able to kill hundreds of Russian tanks and armored vehicles using a hand-held anti-tank missile supplied by the US, according to a US journalist who has been tracking the war in the East European nation.
At least 280 Russian armored vehicles have been destroyed with the American Javelin missile, out of 300 shots fired, journalist Jack Murphy said in an article quoting a US Special Operations official.
That is a 93 percent kill rate.
The Javelin, made jointly by Raytheon Missiles and Defence and Lockheed Martin, follow a flight path that hits targets from the top, where the armor is relatively weaker. Almost every tank armor is thicker on the sides, but the top is weaker, and that is where the Javelin missile strikes.
The Javelin can also be fired in a straight flight path mode if needed.
“The first shipment of Javelins arrived (in Ukraine) in 2018, the weapons systems along with a training and sustainment block (called the Total Package Approach) totaling somewhere around $75 million,” Mr. Murphy wrote in the article.
“As the Russians learned that Ukraine now had Javelins, their T-72 tanks in Donbas became less aggressive and pulled further back from the frontlines,” he said, quoting the US military official.
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