US considers sending 150km strike weapon to Ukraine

Nov 28

Live reporting. By George Styllis

A BM-21 'Grad' multiple rocket launcher fires towards Russian positions on the front line near Bakhmut, Donetsk region

The Pentagon is considering a Boeing proposal to supply Ukraine with cheap, small precision bombs fitted onto abundantly available rockets, allowing Kyiv to strike far behind Russian lines as the West struggles to meet demand for more arms.

US and allied military inventories are shrinking, and Ukraine faces an increasing need for more sophisticated weapons as the war drags on. Boeing’s proposed system, dubbed Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), is one of about a half-dozen plans for getting new munitions into production for Ukraine and America’s Eastern European allies, industry sources said.

GLSDB could be delivered as early as spring 2023, according to a document reviewed by Reuters and three people familiar with the plan. It combines the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb with the M26 rocket motor, both of which are common in US inventories.

Doug Bush, the US Army’s chief weapons buyer, said the Army was also looking at accelerating production of 155 millimeter artillery shells – currently only manufactured at government facilities – by allowing defense contractors to build them.

UK Prime Minister Sunak vows to maintain military aid to Ukraine

Rishi Sunak plans to promise on Monday to maintain or increase military aid to Ukraine next year, and to confront international competitors “not with grand rhetoric but with robust pragmatism”.

British government support for Ukraine has remained unchanged, despite turmoil in recent months as Boris Johnson was succeeded as prime minister by Liz Truss and then Mr Sunak.

However, some Conservatives view Mr Sunak as less hawkish on China than Ms Truss – although a planned meeting between Sunak and China’s President Xi Jinping at this month’s G20 summit in Bali fell through and last week London banned Chinese-made security cameras from sensitive government buildings.

“Under my leadership we won’t choose the status quo. We will do things differently,” Sunak said in an extract released by his office of his first major foreign policy speech, which he plans to deliver on Monday in London’s financial district.

Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant still in Russian hands

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant remains under Russian control, the Russia-installed administration of the occupied Enerhodar city said on Monday, after a senior Ukrainian official suggested Russian forces were preparing to leave.

“The media are actively spreading fakes that Russia is allegedly planning to withdraw from Enerhodar and leave the [nuclear plant]. This information is not true,” the Russian backed administration said on the Telegram messaging app.

The head of Ukraine’s state-run nuclear energy firm said on Sunday there were signs that Russian forces might be preparing to vacate the vast Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant which they seized in March soon after their invasion.

Zelensky warns Ukrainians to prepare for new Russian attacks

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky cautioned that Russia was “planning new strikes” on his country, urging defence forces and citizens to be prepared to withstand a new week of strain on the power grid amid freezing temperatures.

Moscow has targeted vital infrastructure in recent weeks, sparking power outages and killing civilians. Strikes last Wednesday caused the worst damage so far in the nine-month conflict, leaving millions without light, water or heat as temperatures fell below 0 Celsius.

“We understand that the terrorists are planning new strikes. We know this for a fact,” Zelenskiy said in his nightly video address on Sunday. “And as long as they have missiles, they, unfortunately, will not calm down.”

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Comment from Leonard Quy: “Yes, longer range strike weapons do need to be sent. As the article has appeared in this paper I guess they are there already.”

Comment from Robert Merrifield; “Attack is the best form of defence. Take out Russia’s power grid in response. Tic tac toe.”

Sarah Churchill: “So no plans for peace before spring 2023 then?”

Reply from David James: “No, Russia haven’t agreed to withdraw and stop all hostilities so unfortunately not.”

8 comments

  1. Great!
    But Ukraine cannot wait until spring?
    Why not send something that is ready immediately? ATACM’s can be delivered by the existing HIMARS.

    • They aren’t ready yet, they still have to be composed out of already existing engines and shells.

      Still I think it takes too long, so lets give ATACMS in the meanwhile 😀

    • How can a system that may or may not be developed for the US army some time in the future be of any help or relevance to Ukraine’s current needs?

  2. Ukraine needs to get kit from South Korea, but sounds like that is somehow being hindered as well..
    The K239 Chunmoo can use 227mm Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System (GMLRS) missiles from HIMARS rocket launchers in addition to South Korean 131mm, 230mm, 239mm, 400mm, and 600mm missiles. It is feasible to incorporate more missile types developed in the future.

  3. “US considers sending 150km strike weapon to Ukraine”

    Too many times, it’s:
    Considers
    Ponders
    Contemplates
    Looking into
    Mulls over
    Evaluating

    Why not more often:
    Aims
    Will
    Is
    Has
    Desires
    Intends

    • For real Sir OFP,we are not hearing those words nearly enough (if at all) from allies. Especially exasperating from countries such as the US and Israel who’s kit could make a huge difference. I’ve been researching and racking my brain to come up with places that have stuff Ukraine needs in the quantities it needs and it seems to keep getting blocked or hindered. If we are unwilling to go in and fight beside them we should be giving Ukraine everything they ask for to kill every last one of these genocidal rashist bastards as well as their psychopathic and sociopathic handlers whom get their jollies out of promoting and engaging in terrorism.

      • Indeed, Sir Bill, all of this makes no sense. When they send something, it’s only a handful and rather late. Other systems are out of the question. In the meantime, they just sit by the wayside, watching the country getting wasted. I can get to be 300 years old, and I still would never be able to comprehend their mindset, especially when you hear their constant crying and sniffling about human rights and the necessity of observing international laws and agreements. Yet, mafia land is still practically touched with white cotton gloves, even after 9 months of horrid war and committing every possible war crime.

What is your opinion?