America does not plan to send a lot of HIMARS MLRS to Ukraine and asks official Kiev to to curb its appetite, The New Yorker reported.
“We said straightaway, ‘You’re not going to get very many of these systems,’ ” the Defense Department official said. “ ‘Not because we don’t trust you but because there simply isn’t an unlimited quantity of these on planet Earth.’ ” media quoted the Defense Department official.
Each launcher costs approximately $7 million. According to estimates, Ukraine could use more than five thousand missiles per month. Whereas their manufacturer, Lockheed Martin, produces only nine thousand ammunition a year.
The same problem is with air defense systems, Ukraine continues to beg for them from the United States. A Pentagon source clarified that America does not have so many spare air defense systems to give them to Kiev.
Recall that since the beginning of the SMO, the United States has provided more than 16.8 billion dollars of military assistance to Ukraine.