Putin nightmare as British laser-guided Brimstone missiles to make Russia army’s life hell. Source: EXPRESS. Daily Briefing

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Putin nightmare as British laser-guided Brimstone missiles to make Russia army’s life hell

Rishi Sunak unveiled another £50million in military aid to Ukraine during a visit to Kyiv at the weekend.

By Ciaran McGrath

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Britain is supplying Ukraine with laser-guided Brimstone 2 missiles, dealing a further blow to Vladimir Putin after Russia’s humiliating retreat from Kherson. The hi-tech projectile, which has a range of 7.5 miles, will be a powerful addition to the armoury of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, almost nine months after Putin ordered his invasion on February 24.

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Pictures taken by the British Armed Forces Network showed missiles being loaded onto a plane at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire.

  • Brimstones are usually launched from the air, but Ukrainian forces often use modified trucks as mobile launch platforms with which they target Russian tanks and other vehicles from a distance
  • Britain first provided Ukraine with Brimstone missiles in May – but a video released by British Forces Broadcasting Service showed the more advanced version being prepared for transportation.
  • Each missile costs £175,000, and uses a laser fired by troops, aircraft or vehicles to track down targets.

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Brimstone 2 missiles will given Vladimir Putin a headache in Ukraine (Image: MBDA Systems•GETTY)

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Brimstone 2 factfile (Image: Express)

Putin ‘exploding nuclear power station is a plausible’ risk for Russian retaliation

Vladimir Putin is considering turning a nuclear power plant in southeastern Ukraine into “an improvised weapon” in what has been called a “terrifying prospect”.

Former British Army officer Hamish de Bretton-Gordon claimed nuclear missiles were not an option for Putin because of the escalation with NATO that would ensue but attacks on the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant were “plausible” because such explosions could be blamed on Ukraine, as Russia has done in the past.

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They can also use a high-frequency millimetric wave radar to select targets from a pre-programmed list, cutting down the risk of civilian casualties.

Brimstone 1 entered service in 2005 and was upgraded three years later.

Brimstone 2, the next-generation missile, entered service six years ago. It has a range of 7.5 miles when launched from land and 37 miles if launched from a jet, and is equipped with a 6.3kg (13.9lbs) warhead.

It is designed to hit ground-based targets, including moving vehicles, but a maritime version has also been developed which can hit fast-moving vessels such as speed boats.

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