The United States has confirmed that it is supplying Ukraine with previously-undisclosed anti-radar missiles
to help Ukrainian fighter planes target Russian radar systems.
Department of Defense
Undersecretary for Policy Colin Kahn announced during a press conference that the United States Armed Forces has delivered AGM-88 High-speed Anti-Radiation Missiles, or HARM missiles, to Ukraine. (Related: Ukraine aid scam: Only 30% of weapons shipped to besieged country have made it to the front lines
Kahn said some existing Ukrainian aircraft can launch the AGM-88s and that they can have "effects on Russian radars and other things."
These missiles can be used to attack sophisticated Russian anti-aircraft radar and missile systems, including the feared S-400. These and other similar systems have successfully prevented the Russian Air Force from carrying out many sorties across vast portions of the country's airspace.
Evidence has already come out strongly suggesting that one AGM-88 was used to hit a Russian position
, when open source reports revealed the remains of what appears to be the fin of an AGM-88 missile.
Anti-radar missiles part of latest military aid package
The undersecretary made his comments during a press briefing where he also announced a new military aid package for Ukraine worth up to $1 billion.
Along with the AGM-88 missiles, this new package also includes additional rockets for use in the handful of U.S.-supplied M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, unspecified munitions for U.S.-supplied National/Norwegian Advanced Surface to Air Missile Systems and even more FGM-148 Javelin portable anti-tank missile systems.
The focus of this package is to supply Ukraine with additional ammunition for some of the key U.S.-supplied weapons systems that it has begun heavily relying on for its firepower. The Ukrainian military claims U.S.-supplied missile launchers
have been used to target Russian command posts, ammunition depots and more.
In addition to the ammunition, Kahl noted that the U.S. military has also handed over spare parts for Russian-made MiG-29 fighter jets to keep the Ukrainian Air Force's rapidly diminishing fleet operating.
"In the near term, we've been doing lots of things to make Ukraine's existing air force stay in the air
and be more capable," said Kahl.
The recent package does not include any combat jets, which the Ukrainian government has been pressing its allies to provide it with for months now. Several months ago, Ukraine tried and failed to acquire MiG-29s from some of its allies within the former Soviet bloc.
"A lot was made about the MiG-29 issue several months ago, (but) not very much has been noticed about the sheer amount of spare parts and other things that we've done to help them actually put more of their own MiG-29s in the air and keep those that are in the air flying for a longer period of time," said Kahl.
With the latest military aid package, the U.S. has committed over $9.1 billion in military assistance since Russia launched its special operation in Ukraine in late February. The U.S. is expected to provide Ukraine with an additional $1 billion military aid in an upcoming spending package.
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