The Pentagon is asking manufacturers for effective weapons that could be quickly delivered or deployed with minimal training, the department has already received 1.3 thousand proposals, writes CNN
The Pentagon received 1,300 proposals from 800 arms manufacturers to produce innovative weapons for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the United States, a decision is expected to be made in the coming weeks, CNN told CNN, citing an agency official.
The proposals requested by the Pentagon concerned key defense sectors: air and coastal defense, anti-tank and anti-personnel weapons, drones and tools to counter secure communications, these areas of military needs were identified in Kyiv.
The Pentagon is considering these proposals as part of “implementing Ukraine's priority requests for security assistance,” its goal is to obtain information to speed up production and establish production capacity, as the US believes that the conflict in Ukraine will be protracted, writes CNN.
The TV channel points out that the Pentagon's actions look urgent, since the department considers both proposals that can be implemented in less than 30 days, and those that require 180 days to produce. The agency also asks manufacturers to provide detailed information on the availability of ready weapons and the type of platforms for their deployment (air, land or sea).
The Pentagon, in its appeal to arms manufacturers, emphasized that it was studying those options that could be created in a short time, quickly delivered and deployed with minimal preparation, after which they would prove their effectiveness on the battlefield, the channel reports.
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Since the beginning of the Russian special operation, the US authorities have approved a number of $6.1 billion security assistance packages to Ukraine. In late May, US President Joe Biden signed a law that provides for the allocation of an additional $40 billion from the US budget for assistance to Ukraine. As CNN notes, now Washington is working with 50 countries to find out what weapons they are ready to provide to Kyiv.
The day before, on June 30, Biden announced the allocation of an additional $800 million military aid package to Ukraine, which will include anti-battery radars, artillery and ammunition, including for HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS), which Washington is already supplying to Kyiv. Biden specified that other states would also supply MLRS to Ukrainian forces.
The Russian authorities have repeatedly criticized the United States and other Western countries for supplying weapons to Ukraine. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov saw signs of a “proxy war” in the current situation. “If NATO, in fact, goes to war with Russia through a proxy and arms this proxy, then in war as in war,” — he said. The minister warned that if weapons were supplied to Kyiv that would allow it to strike Russian territory, this would be “a serious step towards an unacceptable escalation.”
The White House ruled out the supply of such weapons, rejected plans to strike at territory of Russia and the authorities of Ukraine.
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