The decision to supply long-range Storm Shadow missiles to Ukraine for the first time is a significant move by the UK that will create a new ability to strike deeper than ever before against Russian troops and weapons.

The missile has a strike capability of nearly 200 miles (300km) – meaning it would potentially allow Ukraine to hit further into Russian territory.

Retired Air Vice-Marshall Sean Bell has stressed that the 902 Storm Shadows the UK currently holds are 25 years old and need to be upgraded.

As they cost about £2m each, “the UK will not upgrade them all” so there is a “load of stockpile available for disposal” that Ukraine can make use of.

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