US to Ukraine: 200 M113s, Mi-17s, 155mm Howitzers, ATGMs, 40,000 shells
WASHINGTON — The United States will send 200 M113 armored personnel carriers, 11 Mi-17 helicopters, and 300 Switchblade drones to Kyiv as part of an $ 800 million military aid package for Ukraine, BulgarianMilitary.com has learned, citing a Pentagon statement on April 13.
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At a briefing, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby showed reporters a list of weapons the United States will hand over to Ukraine. “Part of this aid is new batches of weapons systems that are already being delivered, and the other part is new weapons systems that have not been delivered to Ukraine before,” he said.
Ukraine must also receive eighteen 155-mm howitzers and 40,000 shells, 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles and thousands of other anti-tank systems, 10 anti-battery radars, two air surveillance radars, 100 off-road vehicles, drones to protect the coast.
In addition, the list includes medical equipment, equipment for protection against nuclear, chemical, and biological threats, 30 thousand body armor and helmets, more than 2 thousand units of optical devices and laser rangefinders, C-4 explosives, and M18A1 Claymore mines.
Earlier on Wednesday, US President Joe Biden announced that he had approved an $ 800 million security aid package for Ukraine, including artillery systems, armored personnel carriers, and helicopters.
The Hill said that taking into account the new aid package, the United States has provided more than $ 2.4 billion in security aid to Kyiv since the start of Russia’s special operation in Ukraine and a total of more than $ 3 billion during the Biden administration. The US Congress also approved $ 13.6 billion in aid to Ukraine as part of a draft budget signed in March.
UK could send BRIMSTONE missiles
Brimstone Sea Spear for Ukraine [maritime surface-launched wepoan system] is being discussed as a possible option on social media. This is a variant of the anti-tank guided missile built by the MBDA for the Royal Air Force. According to the manufacturer, the Brimstone Sea Spear is modular and can be integrated into different types/classes of ships. According to the MBDA, the missile has proven itself in Afghanistan, Libya and Syria. Tests of the company say that Sea Spear has successfully fought with many goals. One of the targets, according to the manufacturer, was a 15-meter boat that could develop 20 knots.
This missile has the following technical data: length: 1.8 meters, diameter 180 millimeters, weight: 50 kilograms, range 10-12 kilometers.
In addition to the Brimstone Sea Spear, the MBDA offers other missile systems that could be considered for Ukraine. Exocet Mobile Coastal, EMC, is a coastal defense system based on the Exocet missile. The Marte Mobile Coastal Defense System [MCDS] uses Marte Mk2 missiles [also known as Sea Killer]. Both systems include their own sensors for autonomous operation and/or connection to a more comprehensive C3I system and consist of a mobile sensor unit, a mobile control unit, and mobile launch units, each with four missiles.
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