Longer-range bombs are part of a new American aid package for Ukraine

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Longer-range bombs are part of a new American aid package for Ukraine

  • News by AUN News correspondent
  • Saturday, February 04, 2023
  • AUN News – ISSN: 2949-8090

Summary:

  • The frustration of Kyiv’s military commanders, who have requested longer-range weapons to remain on the offensive, has resulted from Russian forces moving some of their most vital command-and-control centers out of the range of Ukraine’s present rockets.

  • They have asked for the American-made Army Tactical Missile Systems with a range of 190 miles.

  • On the other hand, the Biden administration has said that using the weapon is not an option because of fears that Ukraine could use it to attack Russian targets.

  • Another problem is that none of Ukraine’s current weapons can launch the bomb.

  • Even though “the conceptual hurdle of the range and escalation dynamics” of a longer-range weapon had been cleared, a senior congressional aide said that the administration had been delaying the approval of the bomb because it needed to be changed.

The fact that Russian forces moved some of their most critical command-and-control centers out of range of Ukraine’s rockets has made Kyiv’s military leaders angry. They have asked for longer-range weapons so they can stay on the offensive.

They have asked for the American-made Army Tactical Missile System with a range of 190 miles. On the other hand, the Biden administration has said that using the weapon is not an option because of fears that Ukraine could use it to attack Russian targets.

According to Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, a spokesman for the Pentagon, the new rockets, which have a range of more than 80 miles, will aid Ukrainian forces in “doing operations in defense of their country and to take back their sovereign land in Russian-held areas.”

However, because they won’t be taken from current American stockpiles, it will take months for Boeing and the American government to agree on the contract’s conditions and deliver the weapons to the front lines. Given that timeline, they most likely won’t be ready in time for Ukraine’s planned warm-weather offensives this year.

Another problem is that none of Ukraine’s current weapons can launch the bomb. For several months, Ukrainian engineers have been developing upgrades for ground launchers.

Some people in Kyiv are upset that the weapon wasn’t in the most recent aid shipments, which didn’t come with it.

But there is a real desire on Capitol Hill to give the Ukrainians bombs with a longer range, tanks, and other weapons. Even though “the conceptual hurdle of the range and escalation dynamics” of a longer-range weapon had been cleared, a senior congressional aide said that the administration had been delaying the approval of the bomb because it needed to be changed.

The assistant thought that making the weapon into a ground launcher would take months. The aide requested anonymity to speak openly.

Mike Rogers (R–Ala.), chair of the House Armed Services Committee, had charged the Biden administration with holding up the delivery of the system to Ukraine.

According to a recent statement by Rogers, “GLSDB should have been approved last fall.” “Every day it takes to get cleared is a day it takes away from a Ukrainian who is ready to kill a Russian.”

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