The Pentagon is facing difficulties in providing Ukraine with counter drones systems


Representatives of the US administration revealed that the Pentagon is facing difficulties in providing Ukraine with standard reconnaissance and strike systems to counter drones.

The Pentagon faces difficulties in providing Ukraine with anti-aircraft systems.

Georgia rejected Ukraine’s request to return the Buk air defense systems.

The Wall Street Journal indicates that Washington promised to supply this type of weapon in August 2022, however, the Pentagon signed a contract with the manufacturing company L3Harris Technologies in December of the same year.

The size of the contract is about $40 million, which isn’t enough for large quantities.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the United States will deliver four Vampire complexes to Ukraine no later than the middle of this year, and another 10 systems of the same type will be at Kyiv’s disposal by the end of 2023.

The Vampire Systems, a modular separate missile equipment for vehicles, is a compact complex with a ball control sensor unit and a launcher for four small missiles.

According to the developers of the system, the Vampire is installed on a vehicle platform in just two hours, and can be controlled by one person, and the missiles equipped with the weapon can hit air and ground targets.

Earlier, the Western press had repeatedly pointed out that the crisis in Ukraine had led to the depletion of arms stocks in the NATO countries, which endangered the possibility of maintaining military assistance to Kiev on the same scale.

In addition, the US State Department spokesman said that Washington seeks to change the current dynamics of the conflict in Ukraine by providing Kyiv with military aid, including armored vehicles and air defense systems.

“The dynamic we aim to change is the provision of $3 billion in additional security assistance including armored fighting vehicles as well as air defense systems,” spokesman Ned Price said.

Last Friday, the United States announced the allocation of the largest package of military aid to Ukraine, which exceeds three billion dollars.

This package will include Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, self-propelled howitzers, armored vehicles, HIMARS missiles, in addition to other equipment and ammunition.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and US President Joe Biden agreed in a phone call last Thursday to send heavy military equipment to Kyiv.

Germany announced its willingness to supply Marder infantry fighting vehicles and Patriot air defense systems.

French President Emmanuel Macron, in a conversation with Zelensky, said that Paris would supply Ukraine with armored vehicles or AMX-10RC wheeled tanks.

On the other hand, the Kremlin said that the West’s supply of weapons to Ukraine wouldn’t change anything fundamental, as it was unable to hinder the achievement of the goals of the special operation.

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