On May 22, Ukraine tested its Javelin anti-tank missiles for the first time since the weapons were received from the US on April 30, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko wrote in his Twitter.
Finally this day has come!
Today, for the first time in Ukraine, the launch of Javelin missile complexes took place.
This is a very effective defensive weaponry, which is used in the event of Russian offensive on the positions of Ukrainian troops.https://t.co/UQs9AkrJX3
— Петро Порошенко (@poroshenko) May 22, 2018
“This defensive weapon will be used only in the case of the Russian offensive at Ukrainian forces positions”, Poroshenko pointed out according to the Ukrainian news agency 112.
The Ukrainian President said that the Armed Forces of Ukraine had passed all the necessary trainings to use this weapon. He stressed that the Javelin anti-tank missiles had showed their high-potency.
Poroshenko thanked US President Donald Trump, US Vice President Mike Pence, US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for supporting Ukraine and accepting the decision of the Javelin anti-tank missiles delivery.
On November 14, 2017 the US National Security Council provided a reference for a plan to deliver lethal weapons to Ukraine in the amount of $ 47 million, including the Javelin anti-tank missiles.
In December 2017, Washington approved the delivery.
On March 1, 2018 the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification of the delivery of military support through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Ukraine. 37 command launch units, 210 Javelin anti-tank missiles and a few Basic Skill Trainers were included in the delivery. The abovementioned was delivered from the US Army possesses.
The turnkey contractor of the delivery was a joint venture Javelin company of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin.
On April 30, the US State Department corroborated the delivery of the Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine by a few flights of military transport aircraft Boeing C-17.
Ukraine is not the first recipient of the Javelin anti-tank missiles among the former Soviet Union countries. For example, in January 2018, Georgia received the first batch of these anti-tank missiles.
According to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2018, Washington provided $ 350 million for the provision of military support to Ukraine.
On May 7, Chairman of the US House Committee on Armed Services of the US Congress Mac Thornberry released his proposal of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2019, which provides $ 250 million to be allocated for Ukraine’s security, including $ 50 million for the provision of defensive lethal weapons.