Ukrainian servicemembers can be trained to use U.S.-made HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) in just three weeks, Dr. Colin Kahl, the U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, said during a briefing on June 1.
Training Ukrainian soldiers to maintain the equipment may take several more weeks, but Dr. Kahl said that he believes that timeframe is workable for Ukraine’s current tactical position. He added that the systems had been delivered to Europe already, so delivery times would be minimal.
On June 1, U.S. President Joe Biden confirmed that the new American military aid package to Ukraine will include HIMARS MLRS, and ammunition for the system.
The Pentagon's press service has said that the 11th aid package to Ukraine, for $700 million, includes:
● HIMARS MLRS and ammunition;
● five counter-artillery radars;
● two air surveillance radars;
● 1,000 Javelins and 50 command launch units;
● 6,000 anti-armor weapons;
● 15,000 155 mm artillery rounds;
● four Mi-17 helicopters;
● 15 tactical vehicles;
● spare parts and equipment.