DOD announces $275M aid package for Ukraine

By Tony Bertuca / December 9, 2022 at 12:54 PM

The Defense Department today announced a $275 million military aid package for Ukraine that includes weapon systems that will be transferred directly from U.S. stocks.

The package, the 27th such action of the Biden administration since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, includes:

  • Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems;
  • 80,000 155 mm artillery rounds;
  • counter-unmanned aerial systems equipment;
  • counter-air defense capability;
  • humvee ambulances and medical equipment;
  • approximately 150 generators;
  • field equipment.

The United States has committed $20 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, with $19.3 billion committed since the beginning of Russia’s invasion on Feb. 24.

Eyeing the continued transfers of weapons to Ukraine, the replenishment of U.S. stocks and the buildup of a potential arsenal that could aid Taiwan in the event of a conflict with China, Congress is poised to give the Pentagon new multiyear authorities to procure critical munitions and missile systems.

Additionally, the Office of the Secretary of Defense recently identified $1.26 billion in unfunded munitions priorities.

Meanwhile, the White House requested an additional $38 billion in emergency supplemental spending for Ukraine. Lawmakers have approved three separate funding packages for Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion in February. If Congress supports the current request, it will bring total Ukraine assistance to more than $100 billion in less than a year.