​The United Kingdom Officially Confirmes M270 MLRS Transfer to Ukraine

MLRS M270 of the British Army, an illustrative photo from open sources
MLRS M270 of the British Army, an illustrative photo from open sources

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced that Britain will send M270 launchers, which can strike targets up to 80km away with precision guided rockets

British defense secretary Ben Wallace has officially stated that the United Kingdom has made a final decision to hand over M270 multiple rocket launchers to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the BBC writes.

Ben Wallace said the M270 multiple-launch rocket system will help Ukraine defend itself against Russia.

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MLRS M270 of the British Army, The United Kingdom Officially Confirmes Transfer to Ukraine, Defense Express
MLRS M270 of the British Army, an illustrative photo from open sources

The UK government said the Ukrainian military will get training in the UK on how to use the launchers.

To master such systems, Ukrainian artilerymen will arrive in Britain "in the coming weeks".

According to the BBC the UK government has not confirmed how many weapons will be sent, but the BBC understands it will be three initially.

The decision of British government comes after the US announced last week it was also supplying a rocket system.

As the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine states on its official page on Facebook, cutting edge M270 weapon system, which can strike targets up to 80km away with pinpoint accuracy, will offer a significant boost in capability for the Ukrainian forces. The UK’s decision has been co-ordinated closely with the US decision to gift the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) variant of MLRS.

Alongside the weapon system, the UK will also supply M31A1 munitions at scale.

M270 multiple rocket launcher, The United Kingdom Officially Confirmes M270 MLRS Transfer to Ukraine,Defense Express

The decision by Ben Wallace comes in response to requests from Ukrainian forces for longer range precision weapons in order to defend themselves from Russian heavy artillery, which has been used to devastating effect in the eastern Donbas region.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine are grateful to the UK government and people of the United Kingdom for supporting Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders, including Crimea, and for deciding to supply Ukraine with multiple-launch rocket systems (MLRS) M270.

As Defense Express reported, in late May the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged more military support for Ukraine as it battles Russian forces, including sending advanced weapons, like MLRS.

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