The U.S. Department of Defense has published information on its website about another package of military aid to Ukraine. It will include, among other things, supplies of ammunition, including for HIMARS missile systems, Javelin missile launchers, explosives or medical supplies. The total value of this aid tranche is $1 billion.
Today, the Department of Defense announced “the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $1 billion to meet Ukraine’s critical security and defence needs.” This is the 18th drawdown of military aid to Kyiv prepared by the United States.
“This package provides a significant amount of additional ammunition, weapons, and equipment – the types of which the Ukrainian people are using so effectively to defend their country,” Acting Pentagon Press Secretary Todd Breasseale stressed.
Department of Defense announces $1 billion in new military aid for Ukraine, the largest drawdown of stockpiles since Russia’s invasion. pic.twitter.com/AkaGEE9P1M
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Among the arms package are:
- additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
- 75,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition;
- 20 120mm mortar systems and 20,000 rounds of 120mm mortar ammunition;
- munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS);
- 1,000 Javelin and hundreds of AT4 anti-armor systems;
- 50 armored medical treatment vehicles;
- claymore anti-personnel munitions;
- C-4 explosives, demolition munitions, and demolition equipment;
- medical supplies, including first aid kits, bandages, monitors, and other equipment.
“In total, the United States has now committed approximately $9.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration. Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $11.8 billion in security assistance to Ukraine,” we can read in the press release. (defense.gov)