UK agrees to supply Ukraine with MLRS

2 June, 02:20 PM
M270 multiple rocket launcher systems (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

M270 multiple rocket launcher systems (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins)

British Defense Minister Ben Wallace said that his country will send long-range M270 multiple launch rocket systems to Ukraine, which can hit targets at a distance of up to 80 kilometers, CNN reported on June 1.

The minister called the decision "a significant boost to the capabilities of the Ukrainian army" and noted that it was coordinated with the U.S. decision to supply HIMARS MLRS.

“The UK stands with Ukraine and has taken a leading role in supplying its heroic troops with the vital weapons they need to defend their country,” Wallace said.

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The British government will also train the Ukrainian military to use the M270 MLRS, to ensure Ukrainian troops are able to operate the system at peak efficiency.

“As Russia's tactics change, so must our support for Ukraine,” the minister said. 

“These highly capable multiple-launch rocket systems will enable our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves against Russia’s brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin’s forces have used indiscriminately to flatten cities.”

A new package of US 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 for $700 million includes: 

·         High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems 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 155mm artillery rounds;

·         Four Mi-17 helicopters;

·         15 tactical vehicles;

·         Spare parts and equipment.

Biden also stated 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 DC 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 km. Standard rocket ammunition will still be provided.

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