Awaiting ATACMS: What may be in new US aid package for Ukraine?
The new defense assistance package will include a number of important and necessary items for the Defense Forces, but it seems that it will not include the long-awaited long-range missiles for HIMARS and M270
Defense Express writes about it.
On September 21, U.S. President Joe Biden is to announce a new defense aid package to Ukraine during a visit to Kyiv. The package is to cost $325 million and include a number of different types of weapons and ammunition, one of the US officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity.
“The most important intrigue of this package, of course, is whether it will include the long-range ATACMS missiles for the HIMARS and M270 missile systems, which Ukraine needs so much - and the news is disappointing, because, according to the publication, the missiles are not yet included in this defense package. But at the same time, there will be other weapons for these systems - stockpiles of GMLRS missiles,” Defense Express notes.
However, the article later emphasizes that the package is still "being finalized" and its contents may change. It is possible that ATACMS can be expected in the next defense aid packages, as, according to a number of Western media reports, the United States is now as close as possible to transferring these missiles to Ukraine.
The other weapons specified in the package include the second batch of 155-mm cluster munitions, which have already successfully demonstrated their effectiveness on the battlefield in Ukraine. In addition, the United States plans to strengthen Ukraine's air defense with Avenger anti-aircraft missile systems - the Armed Forces are already familiar with these systems, which are actually a kind of "hybrid" of HMMWV and Stinger.
It is also noted in the article that the Defense Forces will be reinforced with anti-tank weapons - TOW and Javelin missiles and disposable AT4 hand grenade launchers. It is noted that the package will also include other equipment that is not yet specified.