Prime Minister Boris Johnson checks out Belfast missiles used by Ukraine on the front line

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has inspected some of the weapon systems used in defense of Ukraine.

Mr Johnson visited a Thales UK factory in East Belfast during a one-day visit to Northern Ireland on Monday.

He was in the area to encourage Stormont’s parties to form a new executive, but his attention then turned to the Ukrainian front line.

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The UK has supplied over 4,000 anti-tank weapons to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, including Next Generation Anti-Tank Light Weapons, or NLAW, systems and Javelin missiles.

Mr Johnson is shown an NLAW

The government is also providing Starstreak high-velocity anti-aircraft missiles to help Ukrainians defend against aerial bombardment, as well as body armor, helmets and combat boots.

The Prime Minister spent a few hours at the Thales factory meeting management and touring the facility, as well as gaining insight into the manufacture of weapon systems such as Starstreak.

Mr Johnson joked ‘watch out everyone’ as he looked through the sighting unit of a lightweight multiple launcher missile system.

He described the plant as “incredible” and “absolutely crucial to what Ukrainians are able to do to protect themselves.”

Thales employs several hundred people in Northern Ireland in several factories in Belfast and Co Down.

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Edward L. Robinett