The United States is considering supplying Ukraine with powerful anti-ship missiles Harpoon and Naval Strike Missile (NSM), which are in service with NATO and can help break the blockade of the country's sea coast by Russia, Reuters reports, citing sources in the White House and Congress. Sea-based Harpoon missiles (manufactured by Boeing) have a range of almost 300 kilometers, and NSM - 250 kilometers, but unlike the first, there are ground-based launchers for them.
True, none of the NATO countries is eager to become the sole supplier of these weapons, since each fears a likely response from Russia if any of the Russian ships are sunk by a missile from their stock. So far, we are talking about the fact that these missiles may be provided by Norway.
Experts believe that in order to lift the blockade, from 12 to 24 Harpoon or NSM missiles will be enough, since, according to their estimates, the Russian Navy, after Turkey closed the Bosphorus and Dardanelles for the passage of warships, has about 20 ships and submarines.