[우크라 침공] “Hundreds of supersonic anti-ship missiles to be delivered within weeks” (comprehensive)

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picture explanationRussian Black Sea Fleet flagship ‘Moscow’ sunk by missile

The Times reported on the 27th (local time) that the UK will send hundreds of Brimstone anti-ship missiles within weeks to bolster the defense of the Ukrainian navy.

British Undersecretary of Defense James Hippie said the Brimstone supersonic missile could reach Ukraine within weeks.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he would visit Ukraine’s Kiev (Kyiv) this month to provide Brimstone missiles. He also said last week that Brimstone missiles could be mounted on vehicles to hit targets in the Black Sea.

The British provision of anti-ship missiles acknowledges the growing importance of Ukraine’s waterways and coastline in this war, The Times analyzed.

The Brimstone missile can be launched from the ground or air, and the UK is said to be offering a ground launch system. The Brimstone 1 missile was first put into service in 2005, and an improved version of the Brimstone 2 was introduced to the RAF in 2016.

Brimstone 2 is equipped with a 6.3 kg warhead that explodes in stages with a maximum range of 60 km and a diameter of 180 mm. It can switch between laser search guidance and automatic targeting, and can be launched from Tornado GR4 fighters, Typhoon F2 fighters, and Reaper drones.

Ukraine is concerned that Russia may be preparing an amphibious assault on its largest port city, Odessa.

Prior to this, on the 13th, the Moscow, the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia, was hit by two Neptune missiles developed by Ukraine and sank.

Ukraine said 250 naval soldiers were killed in the sinking of the Moscow ship, but the Russian Ministry of Defense says one person is dead and 27 are missing.

Meanwhile, the British Defense Ministry said the Russian Black Sea Fleet lost the Moscow and the amphibious assault ship Saratov but still retains its ability to strike targets in Ukraine and its coasts.

The Defense Ministry said in an intelligence report released on Twitter that more than 20 Russian naval vessels, including submarines, were in the Black Sea operational zone.

However, the Russian military has not been able to replace the sunken Moscow with other ships because access to the Bosphorus Strait, which connects the Black Sea and the Sea of ​​Marmara, is still blocked for all ships except Turkish warships, the Ministry of Defense added.

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