Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Is Biden Finally Sending Long-Range ATACMS Missiles To Ukraine?

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ANALYSIS – Following directly on the heels of 's highly successful missile strike on Russian warships in Sevastopol, Crimea, Team may finally be close to approving the shipment of longer-range missiles to Ukraine, giving Kyiv the ability to inflict considerable damage deeper within Russian-occupied territory.

The administration has until now rejected Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's requests for the long-range Tactical Missile Systems known as ATACMS, which Kyiv says it needs to make major advances against .

With a range of up to 190 miles, ATACMS could allow Ukraine to reach targets nearly four times further away than with the currently provided rockets for its U.S.-made High Mobility Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and M270 multiple-launch rocket systems.

ATACMS come in various versions, from missiles with large high-explosive warheads to anti-personnel cluster-munition variants that drop hundreds of bomblets on targets.