The U.S. is expected to send ground-launched small-caliber bombs that would double Ukraine’s current strike range as part of a roughly $2.2 billion aid package to be announced on Friday, according to people familiar with the matter. .
Smart Bombs have a range of 94 miles and can be launched from several types of rocket launchers, including: Himal sent to the country. Ukraine’s longest range bomb is a guided multiple rocket system with a range of 53 miles.
Friday’s package follows last week’s joint US-German announcement to shift main battle tanks to heavier and more aggressive weapons as the West prepares. Ukraine Return to spring counterattack. Russia has amassed more than 300,000 of her troops in Ukraine and stepped up its artillery strike. brutal battle located in the east of the country. Ukrainian officials have warned that Moscow is preparing to resume attacks in the coming weeks.
The bomb system will help Ukraine hit previously unreachable Russian targets, but falls short of Kyiv’s plea for a longer-range Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) that can reach 185 miles.
U.S. officials continue to reject Ukraine’s demands for ATACMS over concerns that Kyiv could use the system to attack targets inside Russia and draw Moscow into a direct conflict with NATO.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned on Thursday that the decision to send long-range bombs could prolong the war.
“Now we are trying to push away [Ukrainian] We will fire artillery to a distance that does not threaten our territory,” Lavrov said in an interview with state news agency Lia Novosti. “The longer the range of the weapons supplied to the Kyiv regime from the West, the further they need to be kept from the Russian borders.”
The United States will provide contract funding for Ukraine’s purchase of ground-launched small-caliber munitions as part of approximately $1.7 billion in assistance from a fund called the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. The package also includes her $425 million in aid coming directly from the U.S. arms stockpile.
The relatively low-cost system, a joint project by Saab and Boeing, combines a 113kg precision-guided weapon with a rocket. Saab said the system is very accurate and can hit within the radius of the car’s tires.
The package will also include air defense components, additional ammunition and spare parts for systems already on the battlefield, said a person familiar with the matter.