On May 12, Ukrainian sources shared footage showing Kiev forces launching a salvo of three British-made Brimstone precision-guided missiles from a modified launcher.
The launcher seen in the footage was reportedly developed by the UK specifically for Kiev forces, by simply bolting a triple Brimstone launcher rack used on aircraft onto the back of a truck. The footage were reportedly filmed during an exercise.
In April, the UK pledged to supply Kiev forces with hundreds of ground-launched Brimstone missiles. The first use of the Brimstone missile by Kiev forces was documented in the Donbass region in the first week of May.
The Brimstone missiles supplied to Kiev forces were of the first generation which utilizes an active millimetric-wave radar seeker and an inertial navigation system.
The maximum range of the ground-launched version of the Brimstone is unknown, but the air-launched version can reportedly hit targets more than 20 kilometers away. The missile is armed with a 6,3 kilograms tandem shaped charge warhead.
The Brimstone is capable of salvo attacks and autonomously finding targets once it reaches a designated target area. This makes the missile ideal for targeting vehicle formations.
The Russian military has already captured a nearly intact Brimstone missile, which failed seconds after being launched by Kiev forces near a front in Zaporizhzhia oblast.
The UK has been leading Western efforts to support Kiev side by side with the US. London hopes that its military support will prolong the war in Ukraine and weaken the Russian military.