US Army set to send long-range missiles to Ukraine as soon as Biden approves
The US Army is ready to deliver long-range ATACMS missiles, some armed with cluster munitions, to Ukraine once President Joe Biden gives the green light, says the Army's top weapons buyer
Bloomberg reported the information.
The US Army has been ready for this possibility for some time, according to Army Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Doug Bush. Lawmakers have been urging the transfer of ATACMS missiles to Ukraine for months, and sources revealed last month that President Biden is now open to the idea.
These missiles come in various versions, including cluster munition-equipped ones, with a range of 15-190 miles. They can carry anywhere from 300 to 950 cluster munitions.
Bush explained that the said missiles could be fired from Ukraine's existing launchers, requiring only minor modifications such as cables and software updates.
“We’re ready when and if the president decides to do this,” Bush said.
Furthermore, the Army is moving forward with initial deliveries of a new long-range missile called the Precision Strike Missile, designed to address readiness concerns regarding ATACMS from the Army's inventory. Both missile systems are manufactured by Lockheed Martin Corp.