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New U.S. aid package to Ukraine worth $700 million to include MLRS

The United States is preparing a new $700 million security assistance package for Ukraine that will include long-range missile systems. This is reported by the American media, citing a senior U.S. administration official.

The package should be officially announced today, June 1st. It will include the M142 HIMARS MLRS and missiles with a range of up to 80 km.

In addition, the package will include air surveillance radars, Javelin anti-tank missiles, armor-piercing weapons, artillery shells, helicopters, tactical vehicles, and spare parts.

Ukraine has pledged not to use the systems being sent by the USA to carry out attacks on Russia’s territory, an administration official said.

The day before, The New York Times published an article by U.S. President Joe Biden, in which he explains "what America will and will not do in Ukraine."

"America’s goal is straightforward: We want to see a democratic, independent, sovereign and prosperous Ukraine with the means to deter and defend itself against further aggression," the U.S. President wrote. "I’ve decided that we will provide the Ukrainians with more advanced rocket systems and munitions that will enable them to more precisely strike key targets on the battlefield in Ukraine."

Biden wrote that the U.S. would continue to supply Ukraine with advanced weapons, including "Javelin anti-tank missiles, Stinger anti aircraft missiles, powerful artillery and precision rocket systems, radars, unmanned aerial vehicles, Mi-17 helicopters, and ammunition."

Reference. Characteristics of the M142 HIMARS system:

  • combat weight — 16.25 tons;
  • length — 7 m;
  • width — 2.4 m;
  • height — 3.2 m;
  • crew — 3 persons;
  • number of missiles — 6×227 mm or 1×MGM-140 ATACMS;
  • rate of fire — 18 shots/min.;
  • cruising endurance — 480 km;
  • maximum speed — 85 km/h.

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