Latvia to send another batch of Stinger air defense missiles to Kyiv

16 February 2022, 07:23 PM

The Latvian government has supported the sending of Stinger man-portable air-defense systems or MANPADS to Ukraine, the Lithuanian national broadcaster LRT has reported.

The outlet said that the Latvian authorities had decided at a closed meeting to provide the weapons systems, and are also ready to send other unspecified military equipment to Kyiv.

The FIM-92 Stinger is a MANPADS that operates as an infrared homing surface-to-air missile, developed by U.S. company General Dynamics. It is designed to destroy low-flying air targets and can also be fired at unarmored ground or surface targets.

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Military aid for Ukraine

More than ten aircraft arrived in Ukraine with military assistance from the United States, which included several hundred FGM-148 anti-tank missile systems (Javelin), as well as M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (SMAW-D) disposable grenade launchers.

According to CNN, the Biden administration is pessimistic after talks with Russia and is considering providing Ukraine with more weapons.

The defense ministers of three Baltic states made a joint statement in January on assistance to Ukraine. Ukraine is to receive Javelins from Estonia and Stingers from Lithuania and Latvia.

Ukraine has already received a batch of aid from the UK, including NLAW anti-tank systems.

Poland also announced that it was ready to send ammunition, Grom man-portable air-defense systems, and various types of drones to Ukraine.

The Netherlands, Canada, and the Czech Republic are also considering providing military assistance to Ukraine.

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