US plans to sell Ukraine combat drones – media — Analysis
According to Reuters, the White House intends to sell Kiev four MQ-1C Gray Eagle combat helicopters. This was according three sources familiar with the matter.
Joe Biden, the US President, intends to inform Congress of any potential sale “in the coming days,”The report stated.
The Gray Eagle is the US Army’s newer version of the MQ-1 Predator attack drone, which has been widely used for airstrikes in the Middle East.
This unmanned aircraft is capable of flying for up to 40 hours per hour and can be fitted with as many as eight Hellfire missiles.
According to Reuters the White House could block or cancel the sale. The Pentagon is currently reviewing the plan, according to the report.
A White House spokesperson referred Reuters’ request for comment to the Pentagon, whose spokesperson told the news agency that there was “nothing to announce.”
Last month, Biden authorized $40 billion worth of military and other aid to Ukraine amid Russia’s military campaign against the neighboring country. Washington has previously promised to send Switchblade anti–armor kamikaze drones to Kiev and Puma surveillance aircrafts. During this time, Ukraine is using Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 attacking UAVs in the field.
Biden on Wednesday confirmed that Washington will send HIMARS multiple rocket launchers, as part of the most recent round of sanctions against Ukraine. “security assistance package.”
Moscow warned that foreign-made weapons systems will be considered legitimate targets once they enter Ukraine. Russia accused the West also of “flooding”Ukraine Armed
Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German-brokered protocols were intended to grant the regions that broke away special status in the Ukrainian state.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev maintains that Russia’s offensive was not provoked and denies claims it planned to seize the two republics.
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