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New threat from France: Paris dug up almost two hundred SCALP missiles for Kyiv

New threat from France: Paris dug up almost two hundred SCALP missiles for Kyiv

As part of international support for Ukraine in light of the ongoing conflict, France decided to send SCALP missiles to help the Ukrainian Armed Forces (AFU). It is interesting to note that these missiles were originally intended for disposal as they had reached the end of their service life and were not intended to be used as part of the French national defense.

Recovery process

Before being sent to Ukraine, the missiles underwent restoration, which took about three months and was financed through a special fund that allocates funds for the military needs of Kyiv. The cost of bringing SCALP into combat readiness was approximately a quarter of the cost of new missiles. During this process, the missiles were placed in special protective housings to ensure their safety and security until they were shipped.

SCALP missiles, also known as Storm Shadow, are precision-guided weapons with a firing range of up to 250 km and a flight speed of up to 1050 km/h. The first successful tests of these missiles took place in France in 2000 and since then they have proven their effectiveness in various military campaigns.

Economic and strategic benefit

The French decision to redirect SCALP missiles to Ukraine instead of dismantling them was not only economically beneficial for Paris, but also a very dangerous step for the Russian side. This is due to the fact that we can talk about approximately 200 decommissioned and restored missiles, which allows Kyiv to launch a larger number of strikes on Russian territory.

Earlier this year, French President Emmanuel Macron promised Ukraine the supply of about 40 SCALP missiles, as well as Caesar self-propelled artillery systems and several hundred bombs. However, issues of quality and specification of supplied weapons remain relevant. For example, in the context of deliveries from the United States, the Americans sent Abrams tanks to Ukraine without the protective uranium filling of their armor. This decision was due to Washington’s fears that if such equipment falls into the hands of Russian troops, the latter may understand the secrets of this armor protection.

A dangerous challenge for Russia

Russia has repeatedly warned the West about the consequences of such military assistance to Ukraine, but the West is actively ignoring such calls, only increasing military supplies, thereby demonstratively bringing the conflict with Russia closer.

Whether Russia will respond to the supply of such missiles with any special measures is unknown, however, given the supply of additional missiles to Kyiv, the risk of more frequent attacks on cities in new Russian regions and Crimea increases.

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