US to transfer Excalibur high-precision long-range shells to Ukraine

23 August, 12:16 PM
M777 U.S. artillery system (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

M777 U.S. artillery system (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

The United States has included high-precision 155 mm Excalibur munitions in its latest package of weapons for Ukraine, news website Politico reported on Aug. 22.


Excalibur shells can have ranges of 40 to 57 kilometers, or up to 70 kilometers if a version with glide fins is used. It is GPS-guided, with an accuracy of 4 meters. Its makers claim on Excalibur shell can accurately hit a target that it would take from 10 to 50 conventional unguided shells to destroy.

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Politico also suggests that the United States is supplying Ukraine with more weapons than is publicly announced.

The United States admitted to supplying Ukraine with AMG-88 HARM missiles for destroying air defense radars only after photographs of fragments of used missiles began to appear on Russian social media accounts.

There is also wide speculation that the United States has supplied Ukraine with ATACMS short-range tactical missiles, which can be fired from the HIMARS multiple rocket launch system Ukraine has already received from the United States.

Some recent attacks on Ukraine’s Russian-occupied Crimea, which Ukraine denies carrying out, may have been performed with ATACMS missiles, which have a range of 300 kilometers – a range greater than any missile that Ukraine is known to have.

In addition, Politico obtained the official notice given by the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden to the U.S. Congress in connection with the allocation of another aid package to Kyiv.

According to Politico, a note in this document says that the weapons supplied by Washington are "not limited" to those in the list of weapons attached to the document.

Earlier it was reported that the U.S. Army was ready to conclude a contract for the supply of ten Switchblade 600 kamikaze drones to Ukraine.

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