Pentagon acknowledges sending previously undisclosed anti-radar missiles to Ukraine


A view of an AGM-88 HARM high-speed anti-radiation missile mounted beneath the wing of a 37th Tactical Fighter Wing F-4G Phantom II “Wild Weasel” aircraft.

The US has delivered anti-radar missiles to Ukraine for use by Ukrainian aircraft to hit Russian radar systems, according to a Pentagon announcement made on Monday. This is the first time the Defense Department has acknowledged providing the previously unreported missile to Ukraine.
The US has sent “a handful” of the missiles, according to Colin Kahl, the assistant secretary of defense for policy, who did not specify how many or when they were sent. The specific sort of anti-radiation missile that was sent was not specified by Kahl.
AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles were sent, a defense official told CNN (HARM).

Although HARM is a potent tool, it is not a new one. The 14-foot, 800-pound missile, which was first used in 1983, has a top speed of Mach 2 and a range of 30 miles.
The AGM-88 has been employed by US aircraft engaged in operations, including those in Libya, Iraq, and Yugoslavia, to reduce enemy air defense. 15 nations now use the missile globally.
The AGM-88 is a direct descendant of the AGM-45 Shrike, which saw mixed results during the Vietnam War.

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