US to send Ukraine GPS-guided munitions – Politico — Analysis
Excalibur can be fired using M777 howitzers that are already in use by Kiev’s troops
Politico reports that the US plans to provide Ukraine with GPS-guided, high-precision, M982 Excalibur artillery guns.
It is fitted with an armour-penetrating gunhead. The laser-guided version can also be used. You can fire the munitions using M777 US made howitzers. These are being used already by Ukrainian troops.
Raytheon Technologies claims that the shells are capable of hitting targets up to 70km away depending on what caliber they use. With the Excalibur ammunition, Ukraine could strike deep within Russian-controlled territory.
In May, reports claimed that Canada had provided Excaliburs shells to Ukraine in a number of cases from its war in Afghanistan.
Politico reports that the US has announced additional military assistance to Kiev in excess of $775 million. It includes 1,000 Javelin, anti-tank shoulder-fired missile systems as well as 1,500 Tube–Launched. Optically. Tacked. Wire-Guided(TOW) missiles. Forty-eight heavily armored MaxxPromine-resistant vehicles are also being provided by the Pentagon to Ukraine. These were initially developed for US troops in Iraq.
Dmitry Peskov (Kremlin spokesperson) stated that in June “flooding”The neighboring country with weapons from foreign countries will just lead to more “suffering in Ukraine”Neither will they change the outcome of the conflict.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, citing Kiev’s failure to implement the Minsk agreements, designed to give the regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status within the Ukrainian state. These protocols, which were brokered by France and Germany, were signed for first time in 2014. Former Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko has since admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the ceasefire to buy time and “create powerful armed forces.”
In February 2022 the Kremlin acknowledged the Donbass republics to be independent states. They demanded Ukraine declare its neutrality and refuse any Western military alliances. Kiev claims that the Russian offensive wasn’t provoked.
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