May 24, 2022
by Shaurav Gairola
An RGM-84L Harpoon missile on display at the Farnborough International Event and Conference Centre, UK. (Duncan Lennox)
Denmark is to provide a Harpoon anti-ship launcher and an undisclosed number of missiles to Ukraine to help defend its coasts, US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III announced on May 23.
The announcement was made following the second meeting of Ukraine’s Defense Contact Group, which was attended virtually by more than 40 defense ministers and chiefs, including Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov .
Denmark is expected to supply the Harpoon Coastal Defense System (HCDS), which incorporates Boeing’s RGM 84L Block II missiles. The subsonic missile, which has a speed of 0.85 Mach and a maximum range of 124 km, will be positioned on the coast of Odessa as a coastal battery system. The missile uses a fourth-generation seeker featuring surface-mounted technology with digital processing that allows the search pattern of the radar seeker to be adjusted to reduce land clutter effects.
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