The United Kingdom has announced a new weapon package to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces against the war with Russia. This new package includes hundreds of Medium-range AMRAAM surface-to-air missiles, unmanned aerial vehicles, 18 units of L119 105mm towed field guns. This weapon package is a additional support package for Ukraine, as the United Kingdom has previously also supplied the Ukrainian Armed Forces with AMRAAMs and approximately 62 L119 105mm guns.
The recent weapon support package for Ukraine was announced by the Defence Secretary of UK on October 13, 2022.
These state-of-the-art AMRAAMs will help the Ukrainian Armed Forces to protect the Ukrainian Cities with continuous russian air strikes, in the recent days the Russian Armed Forces has been continuously attacking Ukraine with Cruise Missiles and Loitering Munitions.
Since the beginning of the Russia-Ukraine War in February this year, United Kingdom has supported the Ukrainian Army by providing them various types of military weapon systems such as armoured vehicles, rocket artillery systems, artillery systems, drones and anti-aircraft/air-defense missiles, etc.
UK has also provided very large numbers on anti-tank weapons to Ukraine including cutting-edge anti-tank missiles such as Brimstone, NLAW and Javelin.
The surface-to-air varient of the AMRAAM missiles will be used on the NASAMS air defense missile system which will be delivered to Ukraine in the next few months by USA.
It is expected that Ukraine will receive 2 units of the NASAMS to defend its high-value facilities. This air defense system has the striking range of up to 40 km and at an altitude of up to 14 km.
Along with effectively destroying various types of aerial threats, the NASAMS is also able to destroy incoming cruise missiles.
Nowadays the Russian Armed Forces are mostly using cruise missiles and Iranian-supplied suicide drones to attack Ukrainian cities, so the supply of the NASAMS will greatly help the Ukrainian Armed Forces in strengthening their air defenses.
Along with this above-mentioned support package, the United Kingdom will also provide £10 million to NATO’s Comprehensive Assistance Package for Ukraine. This funding will be used in providing the Armed Forces of Ukraine with essential equipments which they need to keep fighting in the upcoming winter season.
This entire weapon support package will be delivered to Ukraine in the coming months.