The venerable Javelin anti-tank guided missile system (FGM-148 Javelin), the man-portable, anti-armor, guided munition system created by Raytheon and Lockheed Martin, is reportedly one of the weapons that have been a game-changer for Ukrainian forces. The Ukraine Armed Forces reportedly destroyed 251 Russian tanks and armored vehicles in just a few days of fighting, possibly due to the usage of Javelins, NLAWs, and drones combined.

In 2021, the United States supplied Ukraine with 30 Javelin systems and 180 Javelin missiles as part of the annual military aid worth more than $450 million (along with several other supply packages) to bolster the US-Ukraine military and diplomatic relationship. As recent as January 2022, a shipment of new Javelin systems and missiles also arrived as the United States and Ukraine were anticipating a military offensive by Russia that did eventually come true the past few days, unfortunately. Over the course of the years, it’s been reported that more than $2.7 billion worth of military assistance had been sent to Ukraine since the 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula.

Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov was especially excited about his country having Javelins stating last January, “Javelins in Kyiv! A new cargo of security aid – launchers & missiles – with a total weight of about 80 tons. We expect the arrival of the 4th from the big flock of birds soon.”