As the Ukraine-Russia war continues, it becomes increasingly apparent that Ukraine is in dire need of weapons and military supplies. The US has pledged to send more weapons to Ukraine, but the process is slow and complicated. So what are we doing to help out?

Long-range rockets are considered a source of weapons for Ukraine as supplies run out.

The West is struggling to meet the demand for more weapons as the Pentagon considers providing Ukraine with cheap, small precision bombs fitted onto abundantly available rockets, allowing Kyiv to strike far behind Russian lines.

Karako noted that there had been a lot of air-dropped weapons available in Afghanistan since the US pulled out. Ukrainian aircraft cannot use them quickly, but “in today’s context, we should seek out new ways to utilize them as standoff weapons.”

The war is dragging on, and Ukraine needs more sophisticated weaponry as military inventories shrink in the United States and other nations. Industry sources said Boeing’s Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) program is one of about six plans to produce new munitions for Ukraine and America’s Eastern European allies.

Leeuwarden, October 20, 2020. Personnel arm the F-35 for the first time in the Netherlands with the Small Diameter Bomb or GBU39. Stock material F-35 (Source: Ministerie van Defensie/Wikimedia)

According to reports, three people were familiar with the plan; the GLSDB could be delivered as early as spring 2023. The GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) and the M26 rocket motor, both of which are common in US inventories, are combined in this plan.

The Pentagon’s chief weapons purchaser, Doug Bush, told reporters last week that the military was also considering speeding up production of 155mm artillery shells – currently produced only at government facilities – by allowing defense contractors to manufacture them. According to Bush, the demand for American-made weapons and ammunition increased due to the invasion of Ukraine, while US allies in Eastern Europe supplied Ukraine with various arms due to demand.

Weapons and security expert Tom Karako at the Center for Strategic and International Studies said quantity should be acquired at a low cost, not about quality. Taylor said that the desire to obtain more weapons now is explained by the fact that US stockpiles are “getting low relative to the levels we like to keep on hand and certainly to the levels we’re going to need to deter a China conflict.”