The Biden government plans to sell four drones equipped with powerful Hellfire missiles to be used by Ukraine for its defense against Russian invaders.
Four MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones have a longer endurance time and range than the smaller aircraft systems currently used by the Ukrainian military to defend itself since the start of the Russian invasion on February 24.
Congress can still prevent the transition to sophisticated drones, which will come after President Joe Biden vetoed the transfer of warplanes to Ukraine in March. Gray Eagle drones can fly for 30 or more hours at a time and can collect massive amounts of data for intelligence purposes.
Each Gray Eagle drone is equipped with eight Hellfire missiles, which are more powerful than the current drones used by Ukraine.
The sale will put for the first time an advanced US organization capable of conducting multiple deep attacks on the battlefield against Russia. The Biden administration wants to inform Congress of possible sales in the coming days, with a public announcement to follow suit, a U.S. official said.
A Pentagon spokesman said the bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a police station. A U.S. official and source said the government had already allocated funds for the sale and training of drones from a recently completed $ 40 billion Ukrainian defense assistance initiative.
Drone expert Dan Getter said it usually takes several months for trainees to operate the Gray Eagle drones produced by General Atomics. However, the sources said that in a few weeks it will be an opportunity to train experienced Ukrainian caregivers and operators.
A U.S. official and source close to the matter said Biden would have to authorize the supply of Hellfire missiles to the drones once the drone training was completed.
When the United States said it would not supply rockets to the war-torn country, the president announced that he would change the course of the previous day and send advanced missile systems to Ukraine.
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