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France begins delivery of “significant number” of SCALP missiles to Ukraine – AFP

Anglo-French air-launched cruise missile SCALP-EG/Storm Shadow. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.
France begins delivery of “significant number” of SCALP missiles to Ukraine – AFP

France has started delivering a significant number of SCALP cruise missiles to Ukraine, which will be integrated into non-Western warplanes, a French military source told AFP on 11 July.

The source told reporters in a briefing at a NATO summit in Lithuania that Ukraine would use these missiles, having an operational range of 250 km or 160 miles, within Ukraine’s internationally recognized borders.

The SCALP-EG/Storm Shadow is an Anglo-French air-launched cruise missile missile. Britain started supplying its Storm Shadow missiles to Ukraine in early May. Since then, the Ukrainian Air Force’s modified Soviet-era Su-24 aircraft have been using these missiles to target Russian military and logistics facilities far behind the lines.

The source added that Paris did not consider it an escalation since Russia was firing missiles with a much more extensive range.

Earlier on the same day, French President Emmanuel Macron announced a decision to start supplying Ukraine with missiles “capable of deep strikes.”

France to supply Ukraine with long-range missiles, Macron announces

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