UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace has announced that the United Kingdom will send M270 multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine, BBC reports.
These systems will help Ukraine defend itself against the Russian threat, Wallace said.
The UK government has not confirmed how many weapons will be sent, but according to the BBC, Ukraine will initially receive three units.
The decision to send the MLRS was agreed with the United States, which is the manufacturer of the M270.
The UK government said that the Ukrainian military would be trained to work with MLRS in the coming weeks.
Wallace said that the UK was playing a leading role in supplying Ukrainian forces with the "vital weapons they need to defend their country from unprovoked invasion."
“As Russia's tactics change, so must our support for Ukraine,” Wallace said. “These highly capable multiple-launch rocket systems will enable our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin's forces have used indiscriminately to flatten cities.”
The M270 multiple launch rocket system can fire 12 surface-to-surface missiles within a minute and can hit targets up to 80 kilometers away with high accuracy.
It is similar to the M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) that Ukraine will receive from the United States.
A new package of U.S. military assistance to Ukraine that includes HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems and ammunition for them was confirmed by U.S. President Joe Biden on June 1. The Pentagon said that the 11th aid package to Ukraine, worth $700 million, includes:
· High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and ammunition;
· Five counter-artillery radars;
· Two air surveillance radars;
· 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles and 50 Command Launch Units;
· 6,000 anti-armor weapons;
· 15,000 155mm artillery rounds;
· Four Mi-17 helicopters;
· 15 tactical vehicles;
· Spare parts and equipment.
Biden also said that the United States would not send missile systems to Ukraine that could reach the territory of the aggressor country, Russia. Later, the State Department clarified that Washington isn’t supplying long-range missiles "for use outside the battlefield in Ukraine.”
This refers to MGM-140 ATACMS missiles, which can be fired from a HIMARS platform and have a maximum range of 310 kilometers. Standard rocket ammunition will still be provided.
Announcing the 11th aid package, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Ukraine had assured US partners that it would not use U.S. weapons to attack Russian territory.