U.S. Announces $2.6 Billion in Security Assistance as Ukraine Prepares for Counteroffensive

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The Department of Defense  has announced a new security assistance package for Ukraine worth $2.6 billion.

The aid package is split up into two parts. The first is a $500 million Presidential Drawdown authorization, under which the U.S. will provide equipment to Kyiv from its own inventory. Another $2.1 billion in funding is provided through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which is used to procure new equipment directly from manufacturers.

The combined security assistance deal includes a variety of defensive systems, as well as equipment that will be crucial for Ukraine’s anticipated counteroffensive.

In terms of defensive equipment, the U.S. will provide additional missiles for the Patriot air defense system and the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS).  Multiple types of counter-unmanned aerial systems are being provided, including nine C-UAS 30mm gun trucks and 10 mobile C-UAS laser-guided rocket systems. The package also includes additional air surveillance radars and anti-aircraft ammunition.

Both sides of the conflict have been burning through missiles and ordnance at a tremendous rate, and the latest security assistance offering aims to replenish a wide variety of these items for Kyiv. The package includes tank ammunition (120mm and 105mm), High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) ammunition, artillery rounds (155mm, 105mm, 130mm, and 122mm), mortar systems (120mm and 81mm), mortar rounds (120mm, 81mm, and 60mm), grenade launchers and 200,000 rounds of ammunition, precision aerial munitions, Javelin missiles, Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles, anti-armor rockets, small arms, and small arms ammunition.

(A full list of the items in each part of the package is provided below.)

The U.S. is also providing a range of logistics equipment to help Ukrainian forces bolster supply lines and move gear. The aid package includes trucks and trailers to transport heavy equipment, heavy fuel tankers, recovery vehicles, armored bridging systems, and testing and diagnostic equipment to help with vehicle maintenance and repairs.

Additional communications capabilities are being provided as well, including secure communications equipment and satellite communications terminals and services.

The U.S. has provided a total of $35.1 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion in February 2022. The aid is made possible by a $27.9 billion supplemental security assistance bill signed into law in December 2022. That funding is intended to last through the remainder of the fiscal year.

The $500 million drawdown includes:

  • Additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems.
  • Additional ammunition for HIMARS.
  • 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds.
  • 120mm mortar rounds.
  • 120mm and 105mm tank ammunition.
  • 25mm ammunition.
  •  TOW missiles.
  • Approximately 400 grenade launchers and 200,000 rounds of ammunition.
  • 11 tactical vehicles to recover equipment.
  • 61 heavy fuel tankers.
  • 10 trucks and 10 trailers to transport heavy equipment.
  • Testing and diagnostic equipment to support vehicle maintenance and repair.
  • Spare parts and other field equipment.

The $2.1 billion USAI package includes:

  • Additional munitions for NASAMS.
  • Nine counter-UAS 30mm gun trucks.
  • 10 mobile c-UAS laser-guided rocket systems.
  • Three air surveillance radars.
  • 30mm and 23mm anti-aircraft ammunition.
  • 130mm and 122mm artillery rounds.
  • 122mm GRAD rockets.
  • Rocket launchers and ammunition.
  • 120mm and 81mm mortar systems.
  • 120mm, 81mm, and 60mm mortar rounds.
  • 120mm tank ammunition.
  • Javelin anti-armor systems.
  • Anti-armor rockets.
  • Precision aerial munitions.
  • Approximately 3,600 small arms and more than 23,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition.
  • Seven tactical vehicles to recover equipment.
  • Eight heavy fuel tankers and 105 fuel trailers.
  • Armored bridging systems.
  • Four logistics support vehicles.
  • Trucks and 10 trailers to transport heavy equipment.
  • Secure communications equipment.
  • Satcom terminals and services.
  • Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.

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