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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has implored Western allies to provide his country with military aid as Russia continues its unprovoked invasion.
“We need you now,” Zelensky told members of the US Congress in one of his last pleas for help before a friendly government.
The United States and other NATO member countries have responded to a number of Zelensky’s demands, while stopping short of some steps they say could risk an escalation of war.
Military assistance provided to Ukraine so far includes weapons ranging from man-portable drones to complex long-range missile systems. Here is what was sent:
Switchblade drones: Small portable drones called kamikazes that carry warheads and explode on impact. The smallest model can hit a target up to six miles away, according to the company that produces the drones, AeroVironment. It is not known what size model the United States will send to Ukraine.
Stinger anti-aircraft missiles: These heat-seeking anti-aircraft missiles have a range of approximately five miles and 11,000 feet. Importantly, Stinger missiles can distinguish between enemy and friendly aircraft.
Javelin anti-tank weapons: This guided missile system can be shoulder-fired by a single soldier and has a range of up to 8,200 feet.
AT-4 anti-armour systems: These Swedish anti-armour weapons are “lightweight, single-shot and completely disposable”, according to the company that produces them, Saab Bofors Dynamics.
Patriot air defense missile system: The United States also delivered two missile defense systems to Poland this month intended to deter Russia and bolster Poland’s security amid fears in the West that the Ukraine conflict could spill over into the EU-aligned countries. NATO.
The Patriot air defense missile system – Patriot stands for “Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept of Target” – is designed to counter and destroy incoming short-range ballistic missiles, advanced aircraft and cruise missiles.
The battery includes missiles and launch stations, a radar array that detects and tracks targets, and an engagement control station, according to the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance.
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