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US to supply Ukraine with Excalibur precision artillery munitions

The Excalibur weapons were not included in the latest round of US military aid to Ukraine and their exact delivery date is still under discussion.

  • Ukrainian soldiers fire at Russian positions from a US-supplied M777 howitzer in the Kharkov region of Ukraine on Thursday, July 14, 2022 (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

The United States is set to supply Ukraine with Excalibur precision-guided artillery munitions as part of a new military assistance program, including five new types of equipment that have yet to be released. delivered to Kyiv, Politics reported, citing sources.

On Friday, the White House said US President Joe Biden had signed a memorandum authorizing a drawdown of $775 million in military aid to Ukraine. This is the nineteenth removal of equipment from U.S. Department of Defense stockpiles for Ukraine since August 2021.

Excalibur shells were not included in this round, and the exact delivery date is still under discussion, according to the report.

The United States is set to supply Ukrainian forces with new precision weapons, which would be capable of targeting “dug-in Russian positions and command posts”, according to the report.

The set includes 16 105mm howitzer artillery guns, 15 ScanEagle reconnaissance drones, 1,500 optically guided and tube-guided (TOW) anti-tank missiles, 40 MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected) light vehicles and 2,000 armor-piercing ammunition for Carl Gustaf rifles. It will also include 1,000 Javelin anti-tank missiles and High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) munitions.

The move comes ahead of Ukraine’s threat to damage the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant which many believe could lead to a “large-scale disaster that could lead to radioactive contamination of vast territories”, according to the Kremlin.

Russian forces have had full control of the nuclear power plant since March, but drone attacks by Ukrainian forces have regularly targeted the facility, leading Russia to seek assistance from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to resolve security issues.

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