The Pentagon has considered transferring armed Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to Ukraine since early summer, without final decision. In an effort to push the Department of Defense toward a decision, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is leading 15 of her colleagues in urging the Biden Pentagon to send MQ-1C Gray Eagle drones to Ukraine.
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MSNBC featured Ernst’s push to encourage the Biden administration to intensify their efforts for Ukraine: “A group of bipartisan senators are pushing the Biden administration to step up and do more in Ukraine. They specifically want the U.S. to give Kyiv advanced armed drones.”
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The Wall Street Journal highlighted Ernst’s push to supply lethal aid, quoting her letter:“Ukrainian successes on the battlefield are encouraging, but [Russian President] Vladimir Putin‘s intent to conquer all of Ukraine remains unchanged. The timely provision of effective lethal aid to stabilize Ukrainian defenses and enable long-term resistance against future Russian aggression remains urgent.”
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Politico brought to light the harsh realities of a potential Russian victory over Ukraine: “A Russian victory over Ukraine would significantly damage American security and prosperity, and enabling Ukraine’s preservation of its homeland remains a moral imperative and squarely within our national interests.”
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Reuters reported on the advantage a potential transfer of arms could provide for Ukraine:“Armable MQ-1C Gray Eagle drone, which has an operational ceiling of 29,000 feet and would represent a great technological leap forward for Ukraine.”
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A Defense News report clarified the rationale behind the Pentagon’s halt on sending armed drones: “…the Defense Department decided not to transfer the Gray Eagle drones due to concerns that their ability to strike Russian territory could prompt Moscow to escalate tensions with NATO.”