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US announces $500M boost in security aid to Ukraine

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The United States will be sending another $500 million worth of military equipment to Ukraine as part of a new presidential drawdown announced on April 4.

The new security assistance includes additional ammunition for HIMARS launchers, air defense interceptors, and artillery rounds that Ukraine can use for self-defense purposes.

Moreover, the assistance package also involves anti-armor systems, small arms, heavy equipment transport vehicles, and maintenance support to bolster Ukraine’s defense capabilities.

Furthermore, the Pentagon disclosed a substantial collection of air defense capabilities along with artillery, tank ammunition, rocket and mortar systems, and anti-armor systems, utilizing $2.1 billion from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds.

The package includes additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems, HIMARS, and National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems.

It also includes various types of ammunition such as artillery rounds, tank ammunition, mortar rounds, and anti-aircraft ammunition. The package also includes anti-armor systems, precision aerial munitions, and approximately 3,600 small arms with more than 23 million rounds of small arms ammunition.

Additionally, the package includes tactical vehicles for equipment recovery, heavy fuel tankers, logistics support vehicles, and trucks and trailers for transportation. Testing and diagnostic equipment, spare parts, and secure communication equipment are also included. The package will be funded by USAI, which will provide training, maintenance, and sustainment.

The Presidential Drawdown marks the thirty-fifth instance of equipment withdrawal from DoD inventories for Ukraine, authorized by the Biden administration since August 2021. It also brings the total assistance committed by the US since the beginning of Russia’s invasion in February 2022 to $35.1 billion.