What weapons is Biden sending to Ukraine? U.S. security assistance has been pivotal in frustrating the Russian invasion of Ukraine. The U.S. has sent more than $2.6 billion worth of weapons to Ukraine since the first Russian troops crossed the Ukrainian border on February 24. And in the last two years, the U.S. has sent a total of approximately $3.2 billion in security assistance to Kyiv.
But what exactly has the Pentagon sent Ukraine? And in what quantities?
The Weapons Story So Far for Ukraine
The Pentagon released a fact sheet with the weapons systems and non-lethal assistance it has provided Ukraine so far. Here is a detailed breakdown:
-Over 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems
-Over 5,500 Javelin anti-armor systems
-Over 14,000 other anti-armor systems
-Over 700 Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems
-18 155mm Howitzers and 40,000 155mm artillery rounds
-16 Mi-17 helicopters
-Hundreds of Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles
-200 M113 Armored Personnel Carriers
-Over 7,000 small arms
-Over 50,000,000 rounds of ammunition
-75,000 sets of body armor and helmets
-Laser-guided rocket systems
-Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems
-Unmanned Coastal Defense Vessels
-14 AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder Weapon-Locating Radar
-Four counter-mortar radars
-AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel Air Surveillance Radar
-M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel munitions
-C-4 explosives and demolition equipment for obstacle clearing
-Tactical secure communications systems
-Night vision devices, thermal imagery systems, optics, and laser rangefinders
-Commercial satellite imagery services
-Explosive ordnance disposal protective gear
-Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear protective equipment
-Medical supplies to include first aid kits
–Counter unmanned aerial systems technology
In addition to these weapon systems and security assistance, the U.S. is providing Ukraine with real-time targetable intelligence.
With respect to the Switchblade loitering munitions, the U.S. has sent both the Switchblade 300 and Switchblade 600 versions of the tactical unmanned aerial system.
Weapons systems shipments to Ukraine so far haven’t affected U.S. military readiness.
“I can assure you that we are not at the point where our inventories of these systems have … or will imminently affect our readiness. We’re comfortable that our stocks are in keeping with our readiness needs. But we obviously know that, as these packages go on, and as the need continues inside Ukraine, we want to lead turn. … We want to be ahead of the bow wave on that and not get to a point where it becomes a readiness issue,” Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said in a press briefing.
Facilitating the Transfer of Military Equipment to Ukraine
But the U.S. has been doing more than just sending weapon systems to Ukraine. When it comes to weapons transfers of American-made weapons, the U.S. government has to first approve that transfer before it takes place. For example, when the Baltic countries wanted to send Ukraine FIM-92 Stinger anti-aircraft missiles as the Russian invasion was becoming more likely, they first had to clear it with the U.S.
According to the Department of Defense, the U.S. continues to facilitate the authorization and facilitation of weapons systems from U.S. allies to Ukraine. This year alone, the U.S. Department of State has authorized third-party transfers from more than 14 countries.
More than 30 countries have provided Ukraine with weapons since the invasion started.
1945’s New Defense and National Security Columnist, Stavros Atlamazoglou is a seasoned defense journalist specializing in special operations, a Hellenic Army veteran (national service with the 575th Marine Battalion and Army HQ), and a Johns Hopkins University graduate. His work has been featured in Business Insider, Sandboxx, and SOFREP.
April 17, 2022 at 8:49 pm
Donbass militias said they were trained to handle US weapons and were looking forward to new deliveries.
April 17, 2022 at 9:24 pm
Sure, I guess not all Russian deserters simply walk back to the border. As we have seen, some trade sides. But with the staggering volume of Russian equipment being lost to Ukrainian forces, (as we saw today outside Kharkiv) it seems more likely that turncoats will still be handling Soviet hardware.
April 18, 2022 at 12:04 pm
I would love to see a counter offensive that shears supply lines in the north to east of the Donets River, leaving Putins troops trapped.
Alexis had another bad day
April 18, 2022 at 2:52 pm
Oh Alexis, they’ll be looking at those deliveries, alright. As suicide drones begin raining down on the invading cowards, they’ll know what hit them.
April 19, 2022 at 4:46 am
The impact of a huge bomb on the plant where the Bandera Nazis remained was very impressive. I wonder if an American general survived after him? He is very much needed alive for Russia.
April 29, 2022 at 2:28 pm
Ah, I see your tactic. You add a little shitty first paragraph so it doesn’t detect your duplicate post. Is this what it has come to now, you just posting the same exact post 2, 3, 4, 5 times per article?
Wow, did they run out of paper in Russia, Alex? You guys can’t print new material? Literally using the same lines, over and over again, and now in duplicate in every post!
Are you so defeated you can’t even come up with anything new? How sad. Now the idiot is talking about lend-lease at the end of his post, because he literally just copy + pasted it from another thread, with zero relevance to this one.
Here’s a reminder:
If someone wanted to know the truth about anything in Ukraine Alex, the last person they would go to is you.
Paragraphs and paragraphs of bollocks, dubious claims about “independent journalists”, random documentarians, conspiracy theorists, deluded claims that of course, have no backup, lie after lie after lie.
Classical Kremlin troll approach. Just flood the internet, the comments, the media, with tosh, doesn’t matter what it is, just make sure you write some old nonsense. Make sure to say the claim is supported by some dude in Germany, France, the states. If it’s a “documentary” (usually from youtube) then the better.
Anything that victimises Russia, always the victim, always the bullied, never the problem. It’s always the Nazis. It’s always some pseudo-historical point.
Anyone that has had the misfortune to study your “tactics” sees the forest for the trees, the pattern of lies, disinformation, blanketing of random claims, deflection, obfuscation, and other words beyond your vocabulary.
It’s hopeless Alex. Your lies are as short as your intellect. What a pathetic job, to sit in your government shed, spreading your pathetic, government lies.
A pathetic job for a truly pathetic man. A better match could not be made in heaven.