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Ukraine: Russian Armor vs. Javelin Missiles

In the game of Rock, Paper, Scissors — Jav smashes Tank. Or snipers, Or aircraft on the ground. Or rabbits.

You could easily take out twenty tanks with nothing more than one or two men and an SUV full of missiles. You can carry a Jav strapped to your back, or ride a skateboard if you are good with skateboards.

This video describes Javelin operations. According to the video, more than 2,000 have been used in combat. I have seen a good hundred Javs used in Iraq and Afghanistan, which should give Soldiers an idea of how much combat I did.

Mostly the Javs were launched against snipers or dismounted enemies.

The CLU — Command Launch Unit — is an amazing thermal pod that detaches from the missile and after firing is attached to another missile. Our troops often use the CLU without Jav attached because the thermal is so good. I used to sit with troops on guard duty and help watch the perimeter with a CLU.

Hard for the Taliban to sneak up, and the missile was accurate to about a mile and a half, so was very dangerous for the enemy. We killed tons. The vehicle-mounted Jav goes about 3 miles, I think. I do not know about the latest variants.

Thousands of these missiles would make it extremely dangerous for anyone. You could take about billions of dollars worth of parked aircraft in a few minutes. Something to think about as we flood these and Stingers onto the battlefield. I hope they are geofenced and have disabling functions.


Michael Yon

Michael Yon is America's most experienced combat correspondent. He has traveled or worked in 82 countries, including various wars and conflicts.

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