Defense Ministry Signs Contract with Pentagon for Additional Javelin Missiles

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The Defense Ministry of Ukraine has announced that a second order for US made Javelin anti-tank missiles has been placed and that contracts have been signed.

“For the last four months, there are interesting topics that I would like to voice. For example, for the first time, we have purchased Javelin anti-tank missile systems in the US. This is indeed a landmark contract for us,” said Minister of Defense of Ukraine Andriy Zagorodnyuk during a press briefing regarding the State Defense Order and Defense Procurement for the needs of the Ukrainian army.

“This is the first time we have made our procurement through the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). We have been working with the NSPA to create a legal structure for the NSPA procurement since 2015, but have never been able to make these purchases because there were many legal obstacles and so on. Finally, we are able to do it. We do not hope that through NSPA we will buy a large quantity and a large percentage of our needs, but we should have this opportunity. In case, when we quickly need to buy something abroad, the fact is that the Ministry of Defense had no experience of such an opportunity,” added Zagorodnyuk.

“The Ministry of Defense has signed contracts for the supply of the second batch of Javelin anti-tank missile systems which are manufactured by the United States,” said Deputy Minister of Defense Anatoliy Petrenko.

“During the 4th quarter, due to the concentration of resources, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine managed to sign contracts for the supply of the second batch of anti-tank missile systems Javelin, which are manufactured in the USA. We also ordered similar missile systems from our national manufacturer. We have several artillery reconnaissance stations, about 100 different types of armored vehicles as well as several planes,” said Petrenko.

According to Petrenko, the Ministry of Defense has implemented three contracts during this year.

“Two contracts with the US Government within the Foreign Military Sales Program, as well as one contract with the NATO Support and Procurement Agency. This allows us to use all the resources available in the arms market — national, non-national, as well as foreign manufacturers and suppliers,” he said

Petrenko also stressed that the Defense Ministry is increasing the pace of supply of modern and new types of weapons and military equipment to the troops.

“Of course, we need to maintain the technical ability of what we have, but it is important to keep up with the technological process. So, in 2019, troops received a significant number of different types of new armament and military equipment. I would like to draw your attention to the fact that now we have operational level UAVs, which can be used in an attack version. We have an automated artillery C2 complex, and there is also a radar station for counter artillery warfare — this was done within the framework of the State Defense Order by all participants of the process, these are customers, manufacturers and operators,” informed Petrenko.