In a potential game-changer for the war in Ukraine, the United States has delivered long-range, precision-strike missiles to the embattled nation.

These Army Tactical Missile Systems (ATACMS), confirmed by the State Department on Wednesday (April 24), can hit targets up to 300 kilometers (190 miles) away, significantly extending Ukraine’s offensive capabilities.

Biden Administration Authorizes Long-Range Missiles

According to the State Department, the revered ATACMS arrived in Ukraine sometime this month and were part of a previously undisclosed March aid package.

“I can confirm that the United States provided Ukraine with long-range ATACMS at the president’s direct direction,” State Department spokesman Vedant Patel told reporters.

The decision to withhold the announcement initially stemmed from a desire to maintain “operational security for Ukraine at their request,” Patel added.

Upgraded Capability to Counter Russian Advancements

This extended-range variant marks a significant upgrade from the shorter-range ATACMS missiles delivered last year, which could only travel roughly 165 kilometers (103 miles).

The longer-range missiles fulfill a long-standing request by Ukrainian officials seeking to counter Russian advancements and strike deeper behind enemy lines.