Javelin and GMLRS firing in British Army exercises to be phased out in 2023

The number of Javelin anti-tank missiles and Guided Multiple Launch Guided Rockets (GMLRS) fired by the British Army during exercises fell significantly in 2023 compared to the previous year, according to recently published figures.

In detail in two separate ones British Parliament Written Answers On 20 December, it was revealed that as of 15 December 2023, 37 Javelin missiles and 19 GMLRS munitions had been fired during exercises in 2023, up from 62 and 56 occasions respectively throughout 2022.

The firing of Javelin missiles during exercises peaked in 2021 when 158 munitions were expended. The exact reasons for the reduction in layoffs were not disclosed in the Parliament’s written responses.

javelin table
Source: UK House of Commons

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However, both the Javelin anti-tank missile system and the M270 GMLRS artillery platform have been supplied in quantities to Ukraine as part of the UK’s continued support for Kiev against Russia, which launched a full-scale invasion of its neighbor in February 2022.

By July 2022, just five months after the Ukraine-Russia war, the UK had provided more than 6,700 NLAW, Javelin, Brimstone and other anti-tank weapons and had committed to providing a further 1,600 anti-armor munitions.

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On 6 June 2022, the United Kingdom announced that it would donate three of its M270 GMLRS artillery systems to Ukraine, matching similar contributions from European countries such as Germany. In January 2023, then UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced a major new package of military support, which included the provision of “hundreds of more advanced missiles, including GMLRS, Starstreak and medium-range air defense missiles”.

The UK has pledged to match the 2.3 billion pounds ($2.9 billion) in military and security assistance provided to Ukraine in 2022 to 2023, making total funding likely to reach 4.6 billion pounds by end of the year.

Looking at the data of GMLRS firings, from 2022-2022 each year there was an increase, from 30 in 2020, 36 in 2021 and 56 in 2022, which took place during two separate exercises. The 19 GMLRS munitions fired in 2023 were also conducted during two exercises.

GMLRS table
Source: UK House of Commons

Determining the cause of the decline in training drill shots can be difficult, with many factors likely at play, such as scheduling and the need to use stocks whose certifications are about to expire. Another factor to consider could be the amount of ammunition donated to Ukraine.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defense said: “H [British] The military shapes all of its training around operational requirements and the requirements of the training community – this includes live-fire training. Ammunition consumption of specific types is guided by this training plan.

“The UK remains steadfast in its commitment to providing Ukraine with the capabilities it needs to defend its territory and sovereignty.”

Read the original at Defence247.gr

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