The US is considering to 4 additional HIMARS multiple rocket launcher systems to Ukraine.
The U.S. will send four additional HIMARS to Ukraine as part of an approved assistance package. However, according to the Pentagon, the U.S. needs to allocate twice as many combat vehicles. However, the agency is still weighing all options, and the decision to send four more units is not yet final. The speed of delivery will reportedly depend on Ukraine’s need for vehicles. Although Ukrainian representatives have requested far more assistance than the White House has approved. Ukrainian officials say they need longer-range ammunition to gain a ‘critical advantage’ on the battlefield, which now stretches hundreds of kilometers. Senior U.S. officials claim the new missile launchers, along with high-precision ammunition, will prove effective in countering Russia’s advancing forces in the Donbass.
According to official reports, the U.S. Defense Department has provided Ukraine with additional aid in the form of $700 million in equipment. This bill was approved back on June 1. The allocated equipment was to go towards the needs of Ukrainian soldiers. So far, the U.S. has already committed $5.3 billion in resources and $7.3 billion since 2014. The June aid package included the following equipment:
- High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and ammunition;
- 5 counter-artillery radars;
- 2 air surveillance radars;
- 1,000 Javelins and 50 Command Launch Units;
- 6,000 anti-armor weapons;
- 15,000 155mm artillery rounds;
- 4 Mi-17 helicopters;
- 15 tactical vehicles;
- Spare parts and equipment.
The U.S. will soon send four HIMARS, a mobile missile launcher, as well as high-precision munitions that can hit targets at a distance of about 77 kilometers. The decision must be approved by Biden, and the number of HIMARS may change in one direction or another at any time. Although the units have already been moved to Europe. Meanwhile, Britain will send three units of a similar weapon, the American-made M270 multiple rocket launcher with a range of 80 kilometers. Germany also announced this week that it would transfer three M270s to Kyiv.
Joe Biden has already partially justified the colossal sums the U.S. is allocating to help Ukraine. The new missile systems will likely cause problems if Russia cannot destroy them before they reach the battlefield. First of all, such long range systems will allow Kyiv to intensify its terrorist attacks on civilian infrastructure in DPR, LPR and even in Russia itself.
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