Pentagon will double HIMARS artillery for Ukraine


The United States will more than double its commitment to long-range missile artillery systems for Ukraine, the Pentagon said Wednesday, as part of a long-term strategy by the United States and its partners to ramp up arms production in response to the Russian invasion.

The $1.1 billion package includes 18 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers, the weapons that have wreaked havoc on command posts and logistics hubs behind Russian lines. The United States has already supplied 16 of the systems, capable of delivering precision munitions up to 80 kilometers away, from existing stocks.

This new installment will take “several years” to build and deliver, a senior US defense official told reporters, underlining efforts to provide Ukraine’s long-term defense infrastructure while allies and partners tailor-made packages. of equipment and ammunition for the most urgent needs. The HIMARS represents a “core component of the Ukrainian armed forces in the future,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity under ground rules established by the Pentagon.

The Russian men who flee the mobilization and leave everything behind

Separately, the Pentagon said on Wednesday that the United States plans to increase production of “ground fires, air defense systems, air-to-ground munitions and other capabilities” needed to support the Ukrainian military for the long term. In a statement, defense officials said nearly 20 other countries also agreed to expand their industrial bases and accelerate production of weapons that could replace Ukraine’s Russian and Soviet equipment with modern systems used by NATO.

The announcements come as Russia deploys as many as 300,000 conscripts to replace and reinforce beleaguered forces driven back by Ukrainian offensives to the east and south. Getting those new troops ready will be a challenge for the Kremlin, a second US official told reporters, given the logistics needed to supply and train them. Many of the Russian troops that would train conscripts “are already in Ukraine,” the official said.

The most recent weapons package includes weapons and equipment that will take between six months and two years to deliver and require defense contractors to restart or ramp up production, the first defense official said.

Ukraine will also receive an additional 150 armored Humvees, which will allow troops to carry foot soldiers and maneuver across the battlefield during offensive operations, and more than 200 vehicles that will help them carry heavy equipment, a logistical challenge associated with delivering large quantities of heavy equipment. weapons.

The pack also includes systems designed to reduce weapons the Russians have used effectively, including radars that can detect incoming artillery and drones.

War in Ukraine: what you need to know

The last: Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a “partial mobilization” of troops in a speech to the nation on Sept. 21, interpreting the move as an attempt to defend Russian sovereignty against a West that wants to use Ukraine as a tool to ” divide and destroy Russia”. .” Follow our live updates here.

The fight: A successful Ukrainian counter-offensive in recent days has forced a major Russian withdrawal in the northeastern region of Kharkov, as troops fled the towns and villages they had occupied since the early days of the war, leaving behind large amounts of military equipment.

Annexation referendums: Organized referenda, allegedly illegal under international law, will take place from September 23 to 27 in the breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, according to Russian news agencies. From Friday, another phased referendum will be held by the Moscow-appointed government in Kherson.

Photos: Photographers for the Washington Post have been on the scene since the beginning of the war – here is some of their most powerful work.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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