According to President Emmanuel Macron, France would give Ukraine SCALP long-range cruise missiles to help Kiev’s military attack targets far behind Russian lines.
Macron announced that Paris would send the SCALP missile, which London has previously provided under the name “Storm Shadow,” as he arrived at a NATO conference centered on Kyiv’s fight against Moscow’s incursion.
During its counteroffensive to recover its territory, Ukraine would be able to strike against Russian occupation forces “in depth” thanks to the improved missile delivery, according to Macron.
The SCALP/Storm Shadow is an Anglo-French weapon that has the longest range of any Western weapon delivered to Ukraine thus far, with a range of 250 kilometers (155 miles).
Britain said in May that it would provide a batch of the cutting-edge weapons.
Even some Western allies were apprehensive that Kiev might launch strikes into Russia itself in response to Russia’s furious response, which forewarned London of the possibility of being drawn directly into the conflict.
However, Macron hinted that Ukraine had agreed not to use SCALP against such targets, adding that the agreement had been made “in coherence with our doctrine, that is, to permit Ukraine to defend its own territory.
Macron did not specify how many missiles will be delivered, but according to the specialized defense assessment DSI, France is thought to have a less than 400-missile arsenal.