How this $176,000 US-made anti-tank weapon could change the war in Ukraine

Ukraine’s defense against Russia is supported by billions of dollars in military aid from NATO countries. One of the most capable and expensive weapon systems supplied is the FGM-148 Javelin, an American-made armor-piercing weapon that costs around $176,000 each.

“We don’t know where and when the next kinetic war will take place, and producing new weapons, increasing production lines takes time,” said Cynthia Cook, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “This may be a time when we might want to think about how we invest in increasing the inventory of precision-guided weapons and other weapons and missiles.”

Although the Javelin has been praised by the Ukrainian government, the actual effectiveness of the weapon system remains difficult to independently verify outside of anecdotal accounts from the battlefield.

“We don’t have people on the ground, and I think that’s a political decision that we should reconsider,” said U.S. Representative Mark Waltz, R-Fla., a former U.S. Army Green Beret. “We could help them be more effective if we had advisers on our side, but we would have to do it in very small numbers, very selectively and very discreetly.”

Watch the video above to find out what the Javelin is, how it was used, and what it will take for the United States to produce more of it.

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