The United States is continuing its involvement in the Russian/Ukraine conflict. It is sending new longer rage weapons to Ukraine. This is likely to continue to up the ante and push Russia into a corner.
The US will supply Ukraine with precision upgrade kits for air-launched bombs, which give them a range of 80km (almost 50 miles) and GPS guidance capability, Bloomberg reports.
According to two anonymous sources familiar with the matter, Kiev will receive Joint Direct Attack Munition-Extended Range (JDAM-ER) kits, the mainstream media news agency said on Tuesday. They are the “precision aerial munitions” that the Pentagon mentioned as part of the $1.85 billion weapons package announced on December 21, according to the outlet.
JDAM is an upgrade for regular free-fall bombs, which turns them into gliding GPS-enhanced precision weapons. The ER version was originally developed by Australia’s Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), along with Boeing Australia for the Royal Air Force. The wing kit is meant for 500lb (227kg) munitions.
Kiev has been lobbying its Western backers to provide longer-range missiles and more advanced weapons for its war effort against Russia. A $2.17 billion security package for Ukraine announced by the Pentagon this month includes Boeing’s Ground-Launched, Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDBs), which have a range of up to 150km (93 miles). -RT
Russia has also been warning the West of its continued involvement in the conflict. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president has even suspended the nuclear treaty with the U.S. and put all of his missiles on “combat duty.”
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Moscow has continually warned that pumping weapons into Ukraine will only prolong the conflict, which it correctly perceives as a U.S. proxy war against Russia. If Kiev receives longer-range weapon systems, Moscow “will be forced to push the threat away from our borders,” President Vladimir Putin warned this week.
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