The British Ministry of Defense announced that the UK would send more MLRS rockets and precision-guided rockets with a range of 80 km to Ukraine.
“The UK will be delivering additional Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) to Ukraine as part of a long-term commitment to help the country defend itself against Russian military action,” the British Ministry of Defense said in a statement On August 11, the specific number has not been announced.
“The UK will also supply a substantial number of M31A1 precision-guided rockets that can hit targets up to 80 km away, helping Ukraine to continue to defend itself against Russian heavy artillery,” the statement read.
The British Ministry of Defense also said that among other weapons being transferred to Ukraine, more than 20 combinations of 155 mm self-propelled artillery, 105 mm artillery and ammunition, and more than 50,000 rounds of artillery shells from the Soviet era of Ukraine and at least 1,600 anti-tank weapons.
Britain and other NATO countries have trained up to 10,000 Ukrainian troops in ground combat skills. Ukrainian soldiers have been trained to operate MLRS rockets in the UK.
The British Ministry of Defense’s announcement came after Secretary of State Wallace held a conference attended by NATO member countries on the northern flank.
The participating countries discussed long-term military support to Ukraine, including training, equipment, and funding.
On the same day, Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen announced that the country would provide Ukraine with $ 113.7 million, including “weapons, equipment, and training.”
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz also vowed to continue supplying arms to Ukraine, insisting they “break their traditions and supply weapons to a war zone.”
The MLRS M270 rocket launcher was developed by the US, UK, France, Italy, and West Germany in the late 1970s.
Each launcher has two removable storage compartments containing six standard rocket rounds or a guided missile. The M270 can hit targets at a distance of 32-80 km when using rockets and up to 500 km when using missiles.
The M270A1 variant with enhanced armor was first tested in June 2015 after being upgraded. The M270 has a similar range to HIMARS, with twice as much ammunition but slightly less maneuverability.
The Ukrainian military has received several M270 complexes from the UK, but the number is unknown. Ukraine also received MARS II rocket artillery from Germany.
This is a European version of the M270A1 with a fire control system that disables the ability to launch rockets carrying cluster bombs.