US to sell High Mobility Artillery Rocket System to Ukraine

The US government said on Friday that it had notified Congress of the sale of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS, and related support to Ukraine for an estimated cost of 30 million dollars.

It said the cost will be funded by the government of Germany on behalf of Ukraine.

HIMARS, which is a rocket launching system installed on a military vehicle, is said to have both maneuverability and precise offensive ability.

The US government has been increasing military aid quickly as Russian forces launched attacks on the eastern Ukrainian region of Kharkiv.

The statement said HIMARS will enhance Ukraine's ability to defend itself.