UK to send US-made M270 MLRS to Ukraine in co-ordinated effort

UK to send US-made M270 MLRS to Ukraine in co-ordinated effort. Image: @kiraincongress/ Twitter

THE UK is set to send US-made M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems to Ukraine, a move which would see the UK become the first country to send the US-made MLRS to the war-torn country.

Ukrainian Parliament Kira Rudik confirmed reports that the UK was set to send US-made M270 MLRS to Ukraine in a tweet on Thursday, June 2.

She wrote: “During my visit to London, at every meeting, I voiced how much Ukraine needed the M270 MLRS systems. And now this important day has come! The UK Secretary of State for Defence @BWallaceMP announced the transfer of these missile systems to us!”

The news was reported earlier by Politico, who stated in their report that UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson had spoken with US President Joe Biden on Wednesday, June 1 about the potential transfer of the US-made M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems to Ukraine.

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken also spoke on the matter.

As noted in the report, the UK were seeking approval from the US, who must officially approve the move due to export regulations, although it is thought that the Biden administration has given the green light to the move, as the UK and US coordinate delivery of the weaponry to Ukraine.

Earlier on Wednesday, June 1, the US announced a new $700 million (€654 million) military aid package for Ukraine which will include HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems) missile systems.

The package will include air surveillance radars, Javelin anti-tank missiles and anti-armour weapons as well as additional artillery rounds, helicopters, tactical vehicles and a spare parts package.

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Matthew Roscoe

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