This is an opinion cartoon.

“I’m afraid we should expect to see hundreds of Russian tanks burning, ladies and gentlemen,” - A tweet by Illia Ponomarenko, a defense reporter with the Kyiv Independent, showed a row of Javelin missiles, with the words stamped on the side: Raytheon/Lockheed Martin, Troy, AL 36081.

Illia Ponomarenko’s Twitter feed is a compelling, passionate telling of Putin’s horrible, unprovoked war as it plays out in real time on Ukraine’s resilient people.

Gotta give Gov. Kay Ivey props for her feisty tweet about Alabama’s Javelin missiles flying in Ukraine: “We want the last thing Putin ever reads to be “Made in Alabama.”

Alabama is with you in spirit and Javelin tank-killing missiles, Ukraine. Light ‘em up. #RollUkraineRoll

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From the story: The missiles are the product of Lockheed Martin’s Pike County Operations facility in Troy, where about 350 employees manufacture, assemble and test many of the missile programs supported by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, including the Javelin. Troy handles assembly.

More on the Javelin missile from thePopular Mechanics story:

Javelin is a two-part system comprised of a reusable Command Launch Unit (CLU) and disposable missile canister. The CLU attaches to the missile canister and provides a 4x day viewer and a magnified thermal imager. Once the gunner identifies an enemy tank, the gunner locks onto the target and launches the missile. The missile can hit tanks, armored vehicles, fortifications, and even helicopters at ranges of up to 2,733 yards.

The Javelin missile speeds towards its target, zeroing in by constantly comparing its field of view to the original image of the tank it locked onto. The missile is entirely self-homing—a “fire and forget” system that allows the missile crew to displace to a new firing position while the missile is in the air. Javelin can engage an enemy tank at eye level or using a “top attack” mode in which it flies upward and then streaks back down, smashing down into the thinly armored spaces on a tank’s turret roof and top of the hull. Javelin has two warheads, a smaller one to detonate a tank’s explosive reactive armor and a larger one to follow up and punch through the armor itself.

Roll Ukraine Roll: Alabama-made Javelin missiles flying, Russian tanks frying


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JD Crowe is the cartoonist for Alabama Media Group and He won the RFK Human Rights Award for Editorial Cartoons in 2020. In 2018, he was awarded the Rex Babin Memorial Award for local and state cartoons by the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Follow JD on Facebook, Twitter @Crowejam and Instagram @JDCrowepix.


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