US approves long-range MLRS shipment to Ukraine – NYT

The United States plans to include HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems in the next arms package for Ukraine.

The package will include mobile rocket launchers that can fire much farther than the launchers currently used by Ukraine / ua.depositphotos.com
The package will include mobile rocket launchers that can fire much farther than the launchers currently used by Ukraine / ua.depositphotos.com

The Biden administration approved the shipment of long-range multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine .

The New York Times writes about it .

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The transfer is likely to be announced next week, one official said on condition of anonymity.

The package will include mobile rocket launchers that can fire much farther than the launchers currently used by Ukraine.

Although officials have not provided details on exactly what types of missiles the United States will provide, the Pentagon most commonly uses the M31 GMLRS (Gueded Multiple Launch Rocket System), a satellite-guided precision weapon.

The missiles reach over 40 miles (65 km), far beyond the range of any artillery currently used by Ukraine. 

The official said the administration is trying to make sure the United States can make a valid case that it is not giving Ukraine the opportunity to strike deep into Russia.

The United States plans to include HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, which are driven on wheeled truck chassis, in the next weapons package for Ukraine.

The launchers will join the 155mm howitzers the United States began sending to Ukraine last month as Russia moved into a new phase of the war, focusing on seizing more territory in the Donbas in eastern Ukraine.

Himars trucks can carry a container loaded with either six GMLRS missiles or one larger guided missile and can move quickly once fired. 

Recall that the Ukrainian authorities have long been asking to send the Armed Forces of Ukraine MLRS multiple launch rocket systems. 

On May 27, the head of the Office of the President of Ukraine, Andriy Yermak, once again  urged  not to delay the transfer of the MLRS to our country. “We regularly explain to our partners the urgency [of such a decision],” the head of the Presidential Office said.

According to CNN , the administration of US President Joe Biden has prepared a new package of military assistance to Ukraine, which will include MLRS. The publication wrote that this could be reported as early as next week. And now, according to  information from Reuters , Kiev and Washington are agreeing on the conditions for the use of American weapons.

(C)UNIAN 2022

5 comments

  1. I think that the Ukrainian military is waiting to get reinforced by the MLRS and more 155 mm howitzers and MBTs, before it can do anything about mafia advances. This is a very wise decision. It’s also a very wise decision by the Biden administration to send MLRS to Ukraine.
    The M-142 HIMARS is the better choice than the M-270 MLRS. It is the more modern weapon.

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