The US will start supplying Ukraine with long-range (160 km) missiles next year.
This was reported by Reuters, citing its own sources in the Pentagon, Ukrinform reports.
It is noted that last fall, Boeing first turned to the United States with a proposal to purchase a small-diameter ground-launched bomb (GLSDB) for Ukraine. At that time, the most optimistic delivery date was considered to be the spring of this year.
Sources say that the missiles will arrive in the United States in late December, after which it will take several months to test them before sending them to Ukraine.
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A Pentagon spokesperson said the department plans to "provide this key capability in early 2024 after successful testing."
The contract for the GLSDB production was signed in March, but it took a long time to acquire the necessary materials.
Washington does not purchase these missiles for US needs. The decision to provide them to Ukraine was made on the basis of a proposal made last summer by Boeing, the US European Command that deals with weapons for Ukraine.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 01/12/2023