Copenhagen has pledged to give Ukraine a truck-mounted Harpoon launcher along with a bunch of its anti-ship missiles in an effort to strengthen its defenses against Russian navy ships that had been attacking Ukraine from the Black Sea.

Denmark’s plan to donate the Harpoons was revealed by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin last Monday. This comes after the US government also expressed interest in arming Ukraine with advanced anti-ship missiles, including Boeing’s Harpoon missiles and Kongsberg and Raytheon’s Naval Strike Missiles.

“I’m especially grateful to Denmark, which announced today that it will provide a Harpoon launcher and missiles to help Ukraine defend its coast,” Austin stated.

“I’d also like to thank the Czech Republic for its substantial support, including a recent donation of attack helicopters, tanks, and rocket systems. And today, several countries announced new donations of critically needed artillery systems and ammunition, including Italy, Greece, Norway, and Poland,” he added.

This press briefing comes after the second meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, a meeting attended by 40 defense ministers whose primary goal is to help Ukraine get the munitions they need to fend off Russia. Ukraine was represented by its own defense minister, Oleksii Reznikov.

A Harpoon Block II missile is launched successfully from HMAS Perth (Australian Navy). Source:
A Harpoon Block II missile is launched successfully from HMAS Perth (Australian Navy)

SOFREP reported on the first meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group last month, where 43 countries led by the United States held a meeting at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany in a primary effort to supply Ukraine with more financial and military backing.

It is important that Ukraine does obtain its own set of Harpoon anti-ship missiles as their range may be able to drive Russian naval units further out to sea, and break the blockade of Ukraine’s ports on the Black Sea. This blockade has halted grain exports passing through the area. Grain is one of Ukraine’s main exports to the world. With Russia blocking the way and stealing the grain, the world’s food prices have shot up (Thanks, Russia, for helping world hunger proliferate).

SOFREP’s very own Guy McCardle put this “posturing” in a simple analogy to help readers understand the importance of having anti-ship missiles. He explains that if you had a crazy next-door neighbor who wanted to hurt you physically, you could get a large enough stick like a “shillelagh-looking deals that’s like a club on the end” so that when the crazy neighbor eventually does come around again, you can scare off your neighbor by threatening to bash his head in without even saying a word. Just show your bat-sh*t crazy neighbor, whose name just happens to be “Ivan,” that you have this large club, and he’ll probably leave you alone.