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Pentagon will allow Ukraine to fire long-range missiles at will.

Munitions with 150-kilometer range are part of the newest weapons gift package. 5 Feb 23,

It is up to the government in Kiev to decide how to use new rockets being delivered for the US-supplied HIMARS launchers, the Pentagon said on Friday. The statement is a confirmation that the latest batch of munitions the American taxpayers are funding will include Ground Launched Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDB).

The Boeing-manufactured munitions consist of a rocket motor mated with an airplane bomb, with an estimated range of up to 150 kilometers. While Friday’s announcement listed “additional ammunition” for the HIMARS and “precision-guided rockets,” Brigadier-General Patrick Ryder told reporters that this indeed included the GLSDB, confirming the information leaked to Reuters earlier this week.

Ryder also confirmed that the US won’t stand in the way of Ukrainians using the missiles to strike deep inside Russia.

“When it comes to Ukrainian plans on operations, clearly that is their decision. They are in the lead for those,” he said on Friday. “So, I’m not going to talk about or speculate about potential future operations, but again, all along, we’ve been working with them to provide them with capabilities that will enable them to be effective on the battlefield.”

The GLDSB are produced by Boeing in cooperation with Sweden’s Saab AB, and combine the GBU-39 small-diameter bomb with the M26 rocket motor. It was unclear how many of the munitions the Pentagon intended to send, or whether they would come from the US military stockpile or need to be freshly produced.

Reuters claimed to have seen a Boeing document saying the first deliveries could be “as early as spring 2023.” Meanwhile, Bloomberg cited unnamed officials who said the timeline could be as long as nine months, depending on when the US Air Force issues the contract. Bloomberg also reported the GLSDB order would account for $200 million of the $1.75 billion in the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funding, referring to contracts for weapons and ammunition not coming out of the Pentagon stockpile.

Whenever the missiles actually arrive, Russia has already hinted at how it will respond. On Wednesday, President Vladimir Putin tasked the military with “eliminating any possibility” of Ukrainian artillery strikes on Russian territory. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview on Thursday that Moscow will “push back” the Ukrainian troops to a range at which they will not be a threat.

“The longer range the weapons supplied to the Kiev regime have, the further the troops will need to be moved,” Lavrov said.

Ukraine has used the US-supplied HIMARS launchers against both military targets and civilians in Donbass, Kherson and Zaporozhye. Kiev has repeatedly asked for the MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) rockets, which have a range of some 300 kilometers. 

Moscow has repeatedly warned Washington that providing heavy weapons to Ukraine risks crossing Russia’s “red lines” and involving the US and NATO in the conflict directly. The US and its allies insist they are not parties to the hostilities, but continue to arm Kiev. By the Pentagon’s own admission, the US has committed $32 billion in military aid to Ukraine.


February 6, 2023 - Posted by | Ukraine, weapons and war

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  1. Meanwhile Biden has delivered Abrams tanks and zaphrozhias water cooling system is being destroyed.
    There are millions of homeless in the usa. I help feed some of them. Extremist fascism, is the talk of church people and republicans.. it dominate. Especially the more well to do. Climate change is taking a toll too. With freezing power outages one month and a abnormally warm temperatures, the next.
    In austen Texas there 10s of thousands of homeless. During the power outages, there last week, working people and poor were hitting supermarket dumpsters, food pantry dumpsters, all dumpsters for food. Black, white, hispanic.
    Rich white supremacists, took it upon themselves to call the cops in austn, and have it stopped and have people arrested.
    It’s turning into deranged self parody. Cops murdering black double amputees and innocent disabled young black men, for no reason like during trump and before.Two brutal racist cop murders in 2 weeks . Fascists and democrats sensationalized, a harmless chinese weather balloon with trillion spent on nuclear weapons. To bail out crooked banks. Wars for no reason in places like iraq,, Somalia, Yemen, ukraine.. coups in Peru bolivia . Money given to crooked foreign countries like turkey, pakistan, israel, while millions are homeless in america..
    Musk has been kicking everyone off twitter who is not fascist. Mgtaylor demanding pay raise while condoning fascist murder. Massachusetts democrats offering decreased jail sentences, to prisoners of the state for giving up their kidneys and lungs

    Comment by Terry southard | February 6, 2023 | Reply

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