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The US anti-tank missile arsenal is about to run out because of Javelin aid to Ukraine

CNN Citing a report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) that said Washington has provided so many Javelin anti-tank missiles to Ukraine that its stockpile is about to run out, not enough for US forces to use. use.

According to Mark Cancian, senior adviser for the International Security Program at CSIS, it will take years to add new weapons to the US stockpile.

“It will take about three or four years to replace the missiles already delivered to Ukraine. If the US delivers more missiles in the future, the replacement time will be longer.”Mr. Cancian said.

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America’s Javelin missile arsenal will soon run out if aid continues to Ukraine at the current rate. (Photo: CNN)

Cancian estimates there may be 20,000 to 25,000 Javelin units left in the US military’s stockpile and about 7,000 missiles sent to Ukraine, about a third of the stockpile.

Javelin is a man-portable anti-tank missile manufactured by US defense companies Lockheed Martin and Raytheon. Operating on the principle of “fire and forget”, the Javelin is a weapon that guides itself to the target after launch, allowing its operator to hide and avoid counterattack.

The CSIS expert said that Javelin was effective when helping Ukrainian forces deal with Russian tanks, despite the fact that Kiev was completely overwhelmed militarily. This is a useful weapon for the US in any unexpected conflict.

“The US maintains stockpiles in preparation for a series of possible global conflicts. At some point, reserves may be so low that military planners will question whether a war contingency plan is viable. The US is likely getting close to this“, Mr. Cancian added.

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Ukrainian soldiers with a number of anti-tank and anti-aircraft missile models donated by the US and NATO countries. (Photo: Ukrainian Defense Ministry)

Earlier, on April 13, a senior US defense official said that sending huge arms shipments to Ukraine, including thousands of Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, would not affect Ukraine. to the readiness of American forces.

According to the sheet Financial Times, The Pentagon convened a closed session with representatives of US military contractors on April 13, to discuss ways and measures to increase support for lethal weapons to Ukraine. Eight of the largest US military corporations and contractors, including Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and L3 Technologies – were invited to the session.

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