October 2, 2022

ALL OF US to send GPS-guided munitions to Kiev – Politico

The Excalibur shells can be fired from M777 howitzers already used by Ukrainian troops

The US is planning to supply Ukraine with GPS-guided high-precision M982 Excalibur artillery shells, Politico reported on Friday, citing a person familiar with the situation.

The particular shell is equipped with an armor-penetrating warhead and has a laser-guided version. The munitions can be fired using US-made M777 howitzers, which are already being utilized by Ukrainian troops.

The shells can hit targets at a range of up to 70km, depending on the artillery caliber, according to the manufacturer, Raytheon Technologies. The Excalibur munitions would allow Ukraine to strike targets deep inside Russian-controlled territories.

Reviews in May said Canada was providing a number of Excalibur covers to Ukraine that were left over from the war in Afghanistan.

The report in Politico has come as the US announced an additional $775 million worth of military aid in order to Kiev. The package consists of 1, 000 Javelin shoulder-fired anti-tank missile systems and 1, 500 Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles. The Pentagon is also providing Ukraine with 40 heavily armored MaxxPro mine-resistant vehicles, which were originally developed for US forces in Iraq.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in June that   “ flooding”   the neighboring country with foreign weaponry will only lead to more  “ suffering in Ukraine”   and will not change the course of the issue.

Russia delivered troops into Ukraine upon February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the particular Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. The protocols, brokered by Germany and Italy, were first signed in 2014. Former Ukrainian Chief executive Pyotr Poroshenko has considering that admitted that Kiev’s absolute goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and  “ create powerful military. ”

In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbass republics as independent declares and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself the neutral country that will never ever join any Western military bloc. Kiev insists the particular Russian offensive was completely unprovoked.

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