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​The United States Announced Allocation of New Batch of Weapons to Ukraine for $ 2.5 Billion, 2 Brigades of Armored Capability Included

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The Department of Defense is providing Ukraine with critical capabilities to defend against Russian aggression / U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amanda Jett
The Department of Defense is providing Ukraine with critical capabilities to defend against Russian aggression / U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Amanda Jett

US President Joe Biden authorized a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance to Ukraine. This includes the allocation of a new batch of weapons worth $ 2.5 billion, including armored vehicles, air defense systems, antiradar missiles, ammunition and other means to meet Ukraine’s critical security and defense needs

That is according to an official statement made by Pentagon on late Thursday, January 19.

“This authorization, which is valued at up to $2.5 billion, is the Biden Administration’s thirtieth drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021. It contains hundreds of armored vehicles, critical support for Ukraine’s air defense, and other important capabilities,” the statment reads.

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Bradley IFVs, The United States Announced Allocation of New Batch of Weapons to Ukraine for $ 2.5 Billion, Defense Express
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The 59 Bradley IFVs (U) included in this package, together with the 50 Bradleys previously committed on January 6, and the 90 Stryker APCs (D) will provide Ukraine with two brigades of armored capability

In particular, the assistance package includes:

  • Additional munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS);
  • Eight Avenger air defense systems;
  • 59 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles (IFVs) with 590 TOW anti-tank missiles and 295,000 rounds of 25mm ammunition;
  • 90 Stryker Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs) with 20 mine rollers;
  • 53 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs);
  • 350 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs);
  • 20,000 155mm artillery rounds;
  • Approximately 600 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds;
  • 95,000 105mm artillery rounds;
  • Approximately 11,800 120mm mortar rounds;
  • Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
  • 12 ammunition support vehicles;
  • 6 command post vehicles;
  • 22 tactical vehicles to tow weapons;
  • High-speed Anti-radiation missiles (HARMs);
  • Approximately 2,000 anti-armor rockets;
  • Over 3,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;
  • Demolition equipment for obstacle clearing;
  • Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
  • Night vision devices;
  • Spare parts and other field equipment.
AN/TWQ-1 Avenger air defense system, The United States Announced Allocation of New Batch of Weapons to Ukraine for $ 2.5 Billion, Defense Express
AN/TWQ-1 Avenger air defense system

"The Kremlin’s most recent air attacks against Ukraine’s critical infrastructure again demonstrate the devastating impact of Russia’s brutal war in Ukraine," the Pentagon underscored.

In this context, it is noted that additional NASAMS munitions and Avenger air defense systems are to help Ukraine counter a range of short and medium range threats and bolster Ukraine’s layered air defense. Moreover, it is pointed out that the provided IFVs and APCs will enable Ukraine to form two brigades of armored capability.

The announcement comes ahead of the next summit of Ukraine's defense partners at the U.S. air base in Ramstein, Germany on January 20.

In total, the United States has committed more than $27.4 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration. Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $29.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine and more than $26.7 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked and brutal invasion on February 24, 2022.

The United States Announced Allocation of New Batch of Weapons to Ukraine for $ 2.5 Billion, Defense Express
Armed Forces of Ukraine soldiers watch and listen to a block of instruction during M109 Self-Propelled Howitzer maintenance training at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, May 26, 2022. The training is led by US and Norwegian soldiers as part of their respective country’s security assistance packages / U.S. Army photo by Spc. Nicko K. Bryant Jr., 7th Army Training Command Combat Camera

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