DOD announces $325M weapons package for Ukraine

By Tony Bertuca / June 13, 2023 at 12:29 PM

The Defense Department today announced a $325 million presidential "drawdown" package that will immediately transfer weapons from U.S. stocks to Ukraine, including ammunition and combat fighting vehicles that could support the ongoing counteroffensive against Russia.

The capabilities in the package include:

  • Additional munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems;
  • Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
  • Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems;
  • 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds;
  • 15 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles;
  • 10 Stryker Armored Personnel Carriers;
  • Javelin anti-armor systems;
  • Tube-Launched, Optically Tracked, Wire-Guided missiles;
  • AT-4 anti-armor systems;
  • Over 22 million rounds of small arms ammunition and grenades;
  • Demolition munitions for obstacle clearing;
  • Tactical secure communications support equipment;
  • Spare parts and other field equipment.

The action represents the 40th drawdown from DOD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.

Because DOD is reviewing an accounting error of at least $3 billion, it remains unclear how much congressionally appropriated funding the department has for Ukraine or when the White House may need to head back to Capitol Hill with a supplemental spending request.