Source: Airandspaceforces.com – Chris Gordon – Zelenskyy Visits Pentagon in Push for Breakthrough on Long-Range Weapons
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy renewed his push for long-range missiles and F-16 aircraft in a whistle-stop trip to Washington D.C. on Sept. 21. (…)
But unlike his trip last December, which culminated in a U.S. pledge to send a prized Patriot air defense system and JDAM guided bombs to Ukraine, Zelenskyy’s latest visit has not been not greeted with a major new arms commitment from President Joe Biden. Instead, the administration focused on bolstering Kyiv’s air defense and artillery stockpiles in a $325 million package. (…)
Other lawmakers said the top priorities on the Ukrainian president’s list included the U.S.’s Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS), a surface-to-surface missile with the range to strike logistics and other targets behind the Russians’ front lines.
Ukraine has been using French and British air-launched cruise missiles for long-range strikes. But those supplies are shrinking.
Gen. Stéphane Mille, the head of the French Air and Space Force, told a small group of reporters on Sept. 18 that his country would not be able to send more SCALP cruise missiles to Ukraine because they were needed for the French air force.
“There is no option in the short future to give them more,” Mille said. Supplies of the British Storm Shadow are also limited. (…)
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