In addition to current weapons needs, the defense forces could potentially receive new anti-aircraft missile systems, German Taurus missiles, as well as a mysterious missile with a range of 300 km.
Ukrainian pilots are training on Western F-16 fighters. However, in addition to them, the Defense Forces can receive a considerable list of weapons. This was reported by Defense Express.
Western partners have already agreed on the supply of F-16 fighters to Ukraine. Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Belgium will become aircraft donors.
F-16 for Ukraine
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Multirole fighters should begin to arrive; the Netherlands has already announced preparations for the delivery of the first batch of F-16s. According to the publication, Western aircraft are one of the most complex types of weapons, because in addition to aircraft, Ukraine needs to prepare airfields, infrastructure and airfield protection. The pressing question remains the type of weapons and radar that the F-16 will have.
In the fall of 2023, it became known that Ukraine’s arsenal had been replenished with ATACMS missiles with a cluster warhead, which has a range of up to 165 km. They were used to attack Russian helicopters at airfields in temporarily occupied territory. Ukraine.
Therefore, in 2024 it will be relevant to obtain missiles with a range of 300 km, journalists believe. However, there will not be many such missiles in quantity; targets will have to be carefully selected.
The media wrote that Ukraine should receive an atypical classified missile in January. It is stated that its range should be 300 km, and the weight of the warhead should be 100 kg. This combination is quite atypical, and journalists do not rule out that it is AGM-88G AARGM-ER, but it has a 70 kg warhead. Therefore, it is possible that the United States may develop a new missile for Ukraine.
Taurus cruise missiles
Germany has long been refusing to supply Ukraine with long-range Taurus cruise missiles, even though the Ukrainian Armed Forces already have Storm Shadow/SCALP-EG. At first, the condition was that the United States would supply ATACMS, but after that they stated that the missiles needed to be reprogrammed so that they could not be used for attacks on Russian territory.
Then Germany announced that it would take up to 6 months to integrate the missile into Ukrainian Su-24s and train pilots. Finally, the publication believes that the real reason is the limited number of ready-to-use Taurus, which amounts to several hundred.
Boeing, in cooperation with Saab, should transfer GLSDB shells to Ukraine for the Himars MLRS. A special feature of the rocket is the combination of a bomb and a rocket engine. At first, the Ukrainian Armed Forces were supposed to receive missiles in the fall of 2023, but now it is known that Ukraine will receive them in 2024. The range of the ammunition will be 150 km.
In addition, the media wrote that Ukraine allegedly submitted a list of desired weapons to the United States. Among them are THAAD air defense systems, additional Abrams tanks, artillery, F-18s, C-17 Globemaster and C-130 Super Hercules transport aircraft and a number of other weapons.
Let us remind you that on January 1, Norway allowed direct sales of weapons to Ukraine, but a license will be issued on a case-by-case basis.