We are talking about howitzers M777, said a representative of the defense department. In total, the United States pledged to transfer 90 such weapons to Ukraine.
The US has handed over 70 M777 howitzers out of 90 promised to Ukraine, a senior Pentagon official told reporters. The words of the official are quoted by the American television channel CNN.
According to him, the instructors have already trained 170 Ukrainian artillerymen in the use of these weapons, and another 50 people should complete their training on May 2. In addition, about fifty servicemen are due to arrive at a training ground outside of Ukraine this week and begin training, he said.
The M-777 howitzer was developed as an ultralight gun in the late 1990s, it is in service in India, the United States and other countries. As clarified by CBS News, it has gained popularity in the armies of Western countries, as it is suitable for mobile combat operations and is easily transported by air. The Canadian Department of Defense claimed that the M777 is capable of hitting targets at a distance of up to 30 km.
A Pentagon spokesman added that over the past 24 hours, 13 aircraft carrying US military aid for Ukraine have arrived in Europe. Another 11 flights are due to arrive in the region over the next day.
On April 21, the US authorities announced that they were going to transfer another $800 million military aid package to Ukraine. It was supposed to include 72 howitzers, 144,000 artillery shells for them, 72 tactical towing vehicles, 121 Phoenix Ghost tactical drones, field equipment and spare parts. Earlier, Reuters, citing the Pentagon, reported on another batch of weapons, which included 18 155-mm howitzers, 11 Mi-17 helicopters, anti-artillery radars and 200 armored personnel carriers. On April 17, a source in the US administration told CNN that the first deliveries had arrived in Ukraine.
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