To say that the fighting in Ukraine will continue, The United States announced that it would send new weapons to Ukraine as part of a $775 million package,
“This authorization is the 18th to remove equipment from the list of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine since August 2021,” said the Ministry of Defense website. “This is the greatest lack of American weapons and equipment exercising this authority, and this package provides a significant amount of additional ammunition, weapons and equipment, just as the Ukrainian people were able to defend their country so effectively. using from. The pack includes drones, armored vehicles and artillery.
above all, The package will include 15 ScanEagle surveillance drones, whom the United States never sent to Ukraine. The ScanEagle is a small, high-endurance, low-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle developed by Boeing Insitu. Interestingly, the ScanEagle derives from a drone that was not designed for combat; The ScanEagle grew out of the SeaScan, a drone designed to collect weather data and help commercial fishermen find schools of tuna. In Ukraine, according to Politico, instead of tracking Tuna, ScanEagle will be used to “detect and correct precision artillery and rocket attacks that have wreaked havoc on the Russian military.”
While ScanEagle’s donation supplements ongoing artillery operations, other aspects of the aid suggest the intensity of the battle will increase. “Other elements included in the package show Ukrainian ground troops preparing to make that push south, where fighting has stalled for weeks as the war has turned into a protracted artillery duel. and fierce.” , Politico reported. Other items include 40 mine-resistant MaxxPro vehicles, as the name suggests, are heavily armored. The MaxxPro was developed for US forces operating in Iraq, which needed to combat roadside bombs. In Ukraine, where the Russians have built heavily concentrated mines along roads and in fields, MaxxPro will help clear the way for Ukrainian troops to move safely.
The package also includes TOW anti-tank guided missile system, The TOW, or “tube-launch, optically tracked, wire-guided”, is an American-made anti-tank missile. In service since 1970, the TOW offers excellent range and a powerful warhead with a semi-automatic guidance system that can be fitted with an infrared camera for nighttime use. Priced at less than $100,000 per unit, the TOW system is relatively inexpensive.
The United States also ships 16 105 mm howitzers with 36,000 rounds; and – more specifically – 2,000 rounds for the Carl Gustaf Reclos rifle, a Saab product, and which looks like a Bazooka-type rocket launcher. The Carl Gustaf is a small anti-armour weapon often used by US Special Forces. According to Politico, the Gustaf is “designed to be easily transported and to work closely with the enemy”, suggesting that “the Ukrainians expect close combat in the coming weeks”. “
there is more. The United States would include AGM-88 HARM missiles, or high-velocity anti-radiation missiles, Launched from a fighter aircraft, the AGM-88 is a tactical air-to-surface missile designed to detect electronic transmissions from surface-to-air radar systems, meaning the missile can detect enemy radar. Particularly effective at expelling Designed by Texas Instruments, the AGM-88 HARM has been used in the United States since 1985. Each missile costs approximately $284,000.
The United States has already sent a huge amount of aid to Ukraine. There is another drop in the recently announced $775 million bucket. “raw, The United States has now pledged nearly $9.8 billion To assist in the security of Ukraine since the start of the Biden administration,” the Department of Defense website claims.
The United States should continue to fund the Ukrainian war effort. Future weapon packs are already in the works; As a source told Politico, the United States plans to ship Excalibur precision-guided artillery munitions — a Raytheon product — in an upcoming package “in the future.” The battleship Excalibur “will give the Ukrainians new precision weapons with which to target infiltrated Russian positions and command posts”.
The hope that the United States can help or encourage Ukrainians to demand peace seems illusory. The United States is obviously prepared to help Ukraine prolong the war indefinitely.
What the experts said:
“With nearly $10 billion and counting, it looks like the Biden administration is doing everything it can to help Ukraine not only defend itself, but also have an offensive capability,” the national security expert said. Harry J. Kazianis, president of the Rogue State Project, explained. “My question is, what is the overall goal of the Biden administration’s strategy for Ukraine?