Russia and Ukraine’s conflict has reached an important turning point.
In addition to the cold and snow, the winter has the potential to bring about a freeze, which might stop the Ukrainian progress and allow Russia to reenter the game after a succession of humiliating setbacks on the battlefield.
Because of this, the oppressed nation will receive more weapons from the US government.
The United States is providing Ukraine another package of military help worth roughly $2 billion to prevent Russia from hitting hard.
This brings the entire amount of aid—economic, humanitarian, and military—that the United States has provided to Ukraine since the war began to around $50 billion.
How Many More Weapons Were Sent To Ukraine?
The MIM-104 Patriot air defense armament system, which will assist Kyiv in defending off Russian missile and drone attacks on its national infrastructure and metropolitan centers, is obviously the highlight of the most recent (the 28th) package of security assistance to Ukraine.
Following is a complete list of all the weapon systems that were part of the most recent $1.85 billion deal, as obtained by MandyNews.com from the United States defense website:
- One MIM-104 Patriot air defense battery and munitions;
- Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
- 500 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds;
- 10 120mm mortar systems and 10,000 120mm mortar rounds;
- 10 82mm mortar systems;
- 10 60mm mortar systems;
- 37 Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles;
- 120 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs);
- Six armored utility trucks; High-speed Anti-radiation missiles (HARMs); Precision aerial munitions;
- Over 2,700 grenade launchers and small arms; Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
- Demolition munitions and equipment; Night vision devices and optics;
- Tactical secure communications systems;
- Body armor and other field equipment. 45,000 152mm artillery rounds;
- 20,000 122mm artillery rounds;
- 50,000 122mm GRAD rockets;
- 100,000 rounds of 125mm tank ammunition;
- Satellite Communication terminals and services;
- Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.
The Weapons Ukraine Hasn’t Received From The US Government
The Ukrainians have requested MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles, and fighter jets numerous times, however they have yet to get any of these weapons.
The M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) and M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System (MLRS), which have so far in the war been quite effective, may fire the surface-to-surface missile known as the ATACMS.
The Russian logistical operations that sustain the fight far from the frontlines could be attacked by the ATACMS, which likewise has a range of approximately 200 miles.
The United States has provided Ukraine with 20 M142 HIMARS and has hired Lockheed Martin to produce a another 18 for Kyiv during the coming years.
The White House, however, has consistently refused to give Ukraine these military systems out of concern that Kiev will use them to attack targets inside of Russia, so posing a threat to escalate the conflict.
Precision strikes and information, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) operations are both tasks that the MQ-9 Reaper drone is capable of performing.
The MQ-9 Reaper can destroy targets with lethal accuracy when equipped with the AGM-114 Hellfire missile, which has a range of about seven miles.
However, given that neither side has yet to acquire air superiority, it is uncertain how useful the drone would be in the contested airspace over Ukraine at the moment.
Last but not least, Ukraine has requested fighter aircraft repeatedly, including F-16 Fighting Falcons. Once more, the United States has declined to send these aircraft straight to Ukraine or to let other users to do so.
Stavros Atlamazoglou, a columnist for 19FortyFive’s defense and national security section, wrote this article.
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