Kiev forces have been reportedly complaining about the poor quality of the NLAW anti-tank missiles supplied by the UK.
Most of the complains were about the system’s battery which is used to power the launch process. The batteries are reportedly either dead, running out of power too fast or not functioning well in the cold weather.
On April 24, Ukrainian sources shared a video showing a government fighters hot-wiring a NLAW missile launcher to a 12-volt motorcycle battery to power it up. This technique is unreliable, unpractical and unsafe.
The NLAW, which is manufactured by Sweden’s Saab Bofors Dynamics and the UK-based Thales Air Defence, is guided by PLOS [predicted line of sight] with fire-and-forget capability. The missile has a range of 1,000 meters only and can penetrate more than 500 mm of rolled homogeneous armour. It can be preprogramed to attack its target directly or from the top.
The UK has supplied Kiev forces with more than 4,000 NLAW missiles, so far. More missiles of this type are reportedly being shipped to Ukraine.
Many of the NLAW missiles supplied by the UK have been already captured by the Russian military and the armed forces of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR). The captured missile systems are being used by DPR and LPR troops.
The UK has been leading Western efforts to support the Kiev regime side by side with the US. Britain believes that Western military support will lead to the failure of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine. However, military support for Kiev is only prolonging the war and hindering peace talks.