U.S. State Dept approves delivery of Javelin missile system to Ukraine

The U.S. Department of State has approved deliveries to Ukraine of the Javelin anti-tank missile system, according to the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

"The Government of Ukraine has requested to buy two hundred ten (210) Javelin Missiles and thirty-seven (37) Javelin Command Launch Units (CLUs) (includes two (2) Javelin CLUs to be used as spares). Also included are Basic Skill Trainers (BST); United States Government and contractor technical assistance, transportation, training and other related elements of logistics and program support. The total estimated cost is not to exceed $47 million," the agency's press statement says.

"This proposed sale will contribute to the foreign policy and national security of the United States by improving the security of Ukraine. The Javelin system will help Ukraine build its long-term defense capacity to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity in order to meet its national defense requirements. Ukraine will have no difficulty absorbing this system into its armed forces," the statement says.

According to the press release, if the deal goes ahead Raytheon/Lockheed Martin will provide the weapons.