As the Ukrainian counteroffensive in the south is underway, the U.S. will send an additional military aid package to Ukraine.
Worth approximately $3 billion, the latest package (and 20th in total) is the single largest package of military aid that the U.S. has committed to Ukraine. The weapon systems of the latest security aid package are part of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).
A $3 Billion Weapon Systems Package for Ukraine
– Six additional National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) with additional munitions for NASAMS;
– Up to 245,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition;
– Up to 65,000 rounds of 120mm mortar ammunition;
– Up to 24 counter-artillery radars;
– Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and support equipment for Scan Eagle UAS systems;
– VAMPIRE Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems; Laser-guided rocket systems;
– Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.
“This package is about building enduring strength for Ukraine as it continues to defend its sovereignty in the face of Russian aggression. Vladimir Putin seems to believe that Russia can win the long game—outlasting the Ukrainians in their will to fight, and the international community’s will to continue to support Ukraine. This USAI package is a tangible demonstration that this is yet another Russian miscalculation,” Dr. Colin Kahl, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, said in a press briefing.
The U.S. has sent or committed to sending Ukraine with weapon systems worth billions of dollars. Since the Biden administration came into office in 2020, the U.S. has sent or has committed to sending Ukraine approximately $13.6 billion in security assistance; approximately $12.9 billion of that security assistance has been sent to Kyiv since February once the Russian forces launched the invasion. These figures don’t include the economic and humanitarian aid that Washington has sent Kyiv.
The U.S. has sent or committed $8 billion, or more than half of the total military aid, over the summer. And in the last eight years, the U.S. has committed more than $15.6 billion in security aid to Ukraine.
“I am proud to announce our biggest tranche of security assistance to date: approximately $2.98 billion of weapons and equipment to be provided through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. This will allow Ukraine to acquire air defense systems, artillery systems and munitions, counter-unmanned aerial systems, and radars to ensure it can continue to defend itself over the long term,” Biden said.
The List: Weapons and More Weapons for Ukraine
Over the six months of the Russian invasion, the U.S. military has provided or committed to providing Kyiv with the following weapon systems, munitions, military supplies, and non-lethal equipment:
– Over 1,400 FIM-92 Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
– Over 8,500 FGM-118 Javelin anti-armor systems;
– 1,500 Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles;
– AGM-88 High-speed Anti-radiation missiles (HARM);
– Over 20,000 other anti-armor systems;
– Over 700 Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
– VAMPIRE Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems
– 126 155mm Howitzers and up to 806,000 155mm artillery rounds;
– 15 Scan Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems;
– 16 105mm Howitzers
– 108,000 105mm artillery rounds;
– 126 Tactical Vehicles to tow 155mm Howitzers;
– 22 Tactical Vehicles to recover equipment;
– 50 armored medical treatment vehicles;
– 16 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and ammunition;
– Four Command Post vehicles;
– Eight National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS);
– 20 Mi-17 helicopters;
– Counter-battery systems;
– Hundreds of Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV);
– 40 MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles with mine rollers;
– 200 M113 Armored Personnel Carriers;
– Over 10,000 grenade launchers and small arms;
– Over 59,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;
– 75,000 sets of body armor and helmets;
– Approximately 700 Phoenix Ghost Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
– 20 120mm mortar systems and 85,000 rounds of 120mm mortar ammunition;
– Laser-guided rocket systems;
– Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems;
– Unmanned Coastal Defense Vessels;
– 26 counter-artillery radars;
– Four counter-mortar radars;
– Four air surveillance radars;
– Two harpoon coastal defense systems;
– 18 coastal and riverine patrol boats;
– M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
– C-4 explosives, demolition munitions, and demolition equipment for obstacle clearing;
– Tactical secure communications systems;
– Thousands of 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;
– Electronic jamming equipment;
– Field equipment and spare parts;
– Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.
Expert Biography: 19FortyFive 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.
August 30, 2022 at 1:00 pm
Which only 30% made it there…. 1945 is a pro nazi loving rag…
August 30, 2022 at 1:34 pm
And the American idiot tax payer gets screwed. Again.
August 30, 2022 at 11:01 pm
Can someone please give me one good reason why you would print this
Do you not think for one minute the Russians can’t translate English…
August 31, 2022 at 7:23 am
The US should be fair and send some stuff to Russia too. Coffins…
Hope the lessons from the Ukraine war stops their other expansion plans for the next decades.