Ukrainian soldiers have started shouting “God save the Queen” when firing anti-tank weapons provided by Britain that have proved crucial to their country’s defenses.
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Thousands of Anglo-Swedish Next Generation Light Anti-Tank Weapons (NLAWs) have “flowed into the country” since the beginning of the year The Telegraph reports, “plays a crucial role in Paralysis of the Russian invasion“.
NLAWs have had such an impact that “the weapons have achieved iconic status among defenders of Ukraine,” the newspaper added, with “images showing saints cradling rocket launchers” by civilians and troops “widely shared on social media.” ” will.
“Give Us More Toys Like This”
Around 2,000 NLAWs were “provided by the British before the war in January”, insider reported, and were widely used in “counterattacks and ambushes in the Kyiv suburbs on Russian tank columns.”
The British Army “also sent trainers to prepare the Ukrainians for action,” the news site said, while front-line troops “praised the weapons.”
A militant standing next to a wrecked Russian vehicle told The Telegraph: “We hit it thanks to Her Majesty the Queen’s gifts. Give us more toys like this and there will be more tanks destroyed.”
A second soldier added that the “beautiful” NLAW in his hands had destroyed many Russian tanks and vehicles and said “I want to say a big thank you to our British comrades for their help” while holding the empty launcher over his head .
James Dwyer, a ballistic missile defense expert at the University of Tasmania, said that supplying Ukraine with anti-tank weapons “has allowed the army to get bogged down and stall the Russian advance, at a significant cost to Russia.”
keep writing The conversation, he said that “the greatest advantage of anti-tank missiles is their range and ease of use”. NLAWs are “relatively light”, can be deployed by one soldier and “require (relatively) minimal training to operate”.
Dwyer added, “Reports suggest that Russians have suffered heavy casualties from anti-tank weapons, to the point where we have seen images and videos online showing Russian soldiers setting up makeshift mesh screens and cages over their tanks.”
These screens “will do little to minimize the impact of a missile, but they show that Russian soldiers fear the threat the missiles pose.”
The guns were developed by the Swedish Saab Group and built in Belfast for the British Army. They each cost around £20,000 to make and “weigh half the weight of their much-vaunted American cousins, the Javelins,” reports The Telegraph.
“The weapons are designed to be extremely versatile,” the paper added, and can operate in “closed spaces in urban environments” and are “ideal for rural guerrilla warfare because of their mobility.”
“The war in Ukraine is testing that theory, with unprecedented footage in the field showing just how deadly and effective the weapons are.”
Speaking of Daily MailLt. Col. Ihor Bezogluk said the weapons were nothing short of a “game changer” in Ukraine’s defense against Russia’s far larger and better-equipped armed forces.
“Thank you to the UK for giving us the NLAWs. Anything can Help us defend our country is very well received,” said Bezogluk. “These missiles changed war for us.
“It means we can fight the Russians and it doesn’t matter how many of them there are now because we have a way of stopping their armor. The Russians can no longer scare us with numbers.”
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/defence/956302/british-made-weapon-helping-ukraine-repel-russia The British-made weapon is helping Ukraine hold off Russia