LONDON – Britain has added anti-ship missiles, logistics drones and other key equipment to its list of military equipment targeting Ukraine, according to a speech by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday.

In a virtual address to the Ukrainian parliament, Johnson said another 300 million pounds ($ 375 million) would be provided to Kyiv.

Johnson is the first Western leader to address the Ukrainian parliament since Russia’s invasion in late February.

Since then, the British have become a significant supplier of arms and humanitarian aid, while Ukrainian forces are struggling to thwart Russia’s efforts to conquer the country.

This week it was confirmed that the anti-ship version of the MBDA Brimstone, anti-tank missiles air-to-ground will soon target Ukraine.

Along with Brimstone, counterbattery radars, logistics drones capable of delivering weapons and food, night vision goggles and armored vehicles for evacuating civilians and protecting employees were among the equipment listed by Johnson.

The Daily Telegraph said here that electronic warfare equipment capable of jamming Russian drones was also included in the package, but Johnson’s speech did not mention the systems.

The latest round of supplies brings the British contribution to about 800 million British pounds ($ 1 billion), supporting Ukraine with weapons and training. Previously, NLAW and Javelin anti-tank missiles, Starstreak anti-aircraft missiles mounted on Stormer armored vehicles, wandering ammunition and armored logistics vehicles were among the growing list of weapons supplied or promised by the British.

The replacement of at least some of the weapons will be financed by the Ministry of Finance here, instead of coming out of the defense budget.

“We will continue to supply Ukraine, together with your other friends, with weapons, funding and humanitarian aid until we achieve our long-term goal, which must be to strengthen Ukraine so that no one will ever dare to attack you. again, “Johnson told the Ukrainian parliament.

Andrew Chutter is a UK correspondent for Defense News.

https://www.defensenews.com/global/europe/2022/05/03/britain-pledges-anti-ship-missiles-cargo-drones-for-ukraines-defense/

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