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Ukraine war

Secret to Ukraine's fierce resistance? Javelin antitank missiles

Lightweight U.S.-made weapon game changer in unconventional warfare

A soldier holds a Javelin missile system during a military exercise near Rivne, Ukraine.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Despite fielding a smaller army, Ukrainian forces have put up a tougher response than anticipated to Russia's invasion thanks in no small part to the multitude of Javelin missiles provided by Western nations.

Measuring 1.2 meters in length, the Javelin can be transported and fired by a single soldier. Yet the weapon, made by American contractors Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, has enough firepower to pierce tank armor from 2.5 km away.

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