High-precision multi-purpose British missiles Brimstone, which were mentioned by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Boris Johnson in late April, have finally arrived in Ukraine. The video of the missiles used was uploaded to Twitter by GlobalGeoNews.
At first, the author called it a rare shot of Brimstone being used by Ukrainian troops for Russian purposes, but later corrected himself by saying it looked more like training.
Rarely seen footage of Ukrainian forces launching Brimstone missiles toward Russian targets.
H/t @GlobalGeoNews #Russia #Ukraine pic.twitter.com/eIhIuw2g3U
— BlueSauron👁️ (@Blue_Sauron) May 12, 2022
We wondered which platform the British will use for Brimstone, incompatible with the equipment of the Armed Forces. We remembered the joint project of MBDA UK and PGZ on the BMP-1 chassis, the K9 Thunder chassis, and the Ajax BMP, or the absolutely fantastic robotic platform on the THeMIS chassis from the Estonian company Milrem Robotics. The reality turned out to be much more prosaic. High-precision missiles capable of hitting a tank, SAMS, command post, etc. at a distance of up to 60 km (Brimstone II) are fired from something most resembling a small cargo van, like those that deliver soft drinks or bread to supermarkets.
And it’s really cool. In just one month, MBDA UK found a cheap and easy solution and even implemented it in metal. Well, it looks like someone is going to be in trouble soon. This is good.
Brimstone missile specifications
Weight – 50 kg
Length – 1.8 m
Diameter – 180 mm
Warhead- 6.3 kg tandem cumulative
Engine – solid fuel
Operational range – 12-20 km (Brimstone I), 40-60 km (Brimstone II)
Speed - 450 m / s (Mach 1.3)
Guidance – 94-GHz active homing radar, inertial autopilot, laser guidance
Cost – £105,000 per unit