U.S. handed over Javelin missiles and M141 Bunker Defeat Munition to Ukraine

U.S. handed over Javelin missiles and M141 Bunker Defeat Munition to Ukraine
U.S. handed over Javelin missiles and M141 Bunker Defeat Munition to Ukraine

The consignment of American weapons delivered to Ukraine on January 22 included Javelin anti-tank missiles and M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (SMAW-D) thermobaric grenade launchers (SMAW-D) designed to destroy fortifications and bunkers.


Earlier, The Wall Street Journal reported that the US administration allowed the Baltic countries to supply American-made anti-tank and anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine and is going to send five Mi-17 military transport helicopters there.

The delivery was reported by the information portal of the U.S. Department of Defence DVIDS, which published photos of the process of preparing weapons for departure to Ukraine. On Jan. 23, a Boeing 747 carrying 80 tons of U.S. weapons landed at the International Boryspil airport near Kyiv, following an earlier delivery of 90 tons of U.S. weapons to Ukraine.

Among the photos of the ammunition consignment, which are being prepared for shipment to Ukraine, there are transport tubes with Javelin anti-RPG missiles, as well as light disposable M141 Bunker Defeat Munition (BDM) or SMAW-D ("disposable") grenade launchers.

SMAW-D is a light anti-tank modification of the SMAW Mk 153 grenade launcher, disposable on a "shot and throw" basis. The design is close to the AT4 RPG. It does not have a handle and removable optical sights, instead it has a rather primitive mechanical sight. Weighs 7.25 kg (16 pounds) equipped. Comes in a sealed launcher in the form of ready for combat use.

The main ammunition for the SMAW grenade launcher is a thermobaric M.K. 3 HEDP (High-Explosive Dual-Purpose) grenade containing 1.1 kg of explosives.

U.S. handed over Javelin missiles and M141 Bunker Defeat Munition to Ukraine

The detonator is designed for two modes: instantaneous detonation when firing at armoured objects and for making passages in walls and barriers, or detonation with deceleration when destroying unarmoured targets and fortifications with earth or sand or covered with sandbags.

 U.S. handed over Javelin missiles and M141 Bunker Defeat Munition to Ukraine

The grenade can pierce up to 200 mm of concrete, 300 mm of brick or 2.1 m of sandbags.