Britain will supply Ukraine with long-range missile systems that can strike targets up to 80 km (50 miles) away, Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, has announced.
The shipment is going to consist of several US-made M270 launchers. The UK stopped short of revealing the number of units it is planning to provide; however, the BBC claimed on Monday that “it will be three initially.”
“These highly capable multiple-launch rocket systems will enable our Ukrainian friends to better protect themselves against the brutal use of long-range artillery, which Putin’s forces have used indiscriminately to flatten cities,” Wallace explained in a statement.
The defence secretary added that as Moscow’s “tactics change, so must our support to Ukraine.”
According to the UK government, Ukrainian soldiers will be trained in the use of the M270 in Britain in the coming weeks.
Announcing the delivery, Wallace emphasized that the UK was in the lead when it came to providing Ukrainian armed forces with “vital weapons.”