DOD announces $300M package for Ukraine

By Tony Bertuca / May 31, 2023 at 2:10 PM

The Defense Department today announced it will transfer a package of U.S. weapons to Ukraine valued at up to $300 million.

“It includes key capabilities to support Ukraine’s air defenders as they bravely protect Ukraine’s soldiers, civilians, and critical infrastructure amid Russia’s continuing air strikes killing civilians across Ukraine,” DOD said. “This security assistance package also contains artillery, anti-armor capabilities and ammunition, including tens of millions of rounds of small arms ammunition, valued at up to $300 million to help Ukraine continue to defend its sovereign territory.”

The action marks the 39th presidential “drawdown” of U.S. equipment for Ukraine since August 2021.

The package includes:

• Additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems;

• AIM-7 missiles for air defense;

• Avenger air defense systems;

• Stinger anti-aircraft systems;

• Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);

• 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds;

• 105mm tank ammunition;

• Precision aerial munitions;

• Zuni aircraft rockets;

• Munitions for unmanned aerial systems;

• AT-4 anti-armor systems;

• Over 30 million rounds of small arms ammunition;

• Mine clearing equipment and systems;

• Demolition munitions for obstacle clearing;

• Night vision devices;

• Spare parts, generators, and other field equipment

In total, the United States has committed more than $38.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden administration, including more than $37.6 billion since the beginning of Russia’s invasion on February 24, 2022, according to DOD.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon continues to review a significant accounting error that led it to overvalue the drawdown aid it has provided to Ukraine by at least $3 billion.