United Kingdom may supply Brimstone anti-ship missiles to Ukraine

According to information published by SwissInfo on April 20, 2022, the United Kingdom is looking at ways to supply Brimstone anti-ship missiles to Ukraine.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Artist rendering of Brimstone missile (Picture source: MBDA)

The Brimstone is an air-launched ground attack missile developed by MBDA for the Royal Air Force. It was originally intended for "fire-and-forget" use against mass formations of enemy armor, using a millimetric wave (mmW) active radar homing seeker to ensure accuracy even against moving targets.

Brimstone has a 6.3 kg (14 lb) Tandem Shaped Charge (TSC) warhead that employs a smaller initial charge around 100 g (0.22 lb), designed to initiate reactive armor, followed by a larger, more destructive 6.2 kg (14 lb) charge, designed to penetrate and defeat the base armor.

Maritime Brimstone provides a unique and unrivaled all-weather, rapid anti-swarming FIAC capability weapon, offering the naval operator the option of engaging a wide range of target types, including fast-moving individual targets in cluttered environments, in both direct and indirect fire modes.

Maritime Brimstone is the latest member of the proven Brimstone Weapon System family; building upon the successful deployment of Brimstone into front-line operations with the RAF.

Operationally deployed in the Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria conflicts, Brimstone has proved to be the weapon of choice with its unique ability to perform both surgical strikes and salvo engagements in time-critical missions with a true day/night capability.

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