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​Ukraine Gets New $400M Military Aid Package From USA Including Tanks

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Illustrative photo: T-72M4CZ main battle tank in 2010 / Photo credit: MAULNICIO
Illustrative photo: T-72M4CZ main battle tank in 2010 / Photo credit: MAULNICIO

Pentagon has announced approximately $400 million in additional security assistance for Ukraine. It is very important to understand that the package, being resourced through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative(USAI), which is unlike presidential “drawdown” authority that rapidly transfers weapons from U.S. stocks. The USAI is used to contract directly with defense contractors

The United States Department of Defense announced a $400 million military aid package for Ukraine that would deliver capabilities in the coming years, including money for refurbished tanks and tactical drones.

The Phoenix Ghost is still a mystery and its appearance is unknown, Defense Express
The Phoenix Ghost is still a mystery and its appearance is unknown

The relevant statement was made by Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh at a briefing, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

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“The USAI package underscores the continued U.S. commitment to supporting Ukraine by meeting the most urgent requirements, while also building the capacity of Ukraine’s Armed Forces to defend its sovereignty over the long term,” Singh said.

The package will include:

45 refurbished T-72B Tanks with advanced optics, communications, and armor packages

1,100 Phoenix Ghost Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems

40 Armored Riverine Boats

funding to refurbish 250 M1117 Armored Security Vehicles

tactical secure communications systems and surveillance systems

funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment

“The overhauled T-72B tanks included in this package are part of a trilateral, coordinated effort with the Netherlands and Czech Republic,” the Pentagon said. “Alongside the United States, the Netherlands will provide 45 additional T-72B Tanks with the support of the Czech Ministry of Defense and in cooperation with Czech industry,” –was stated by representative of Pentagon.

M1117 Armored Security Vehicle, Defense Express
M1117 Armored Security Vehicle

As it was stated, the package also includes funding to refurbish HAWK air defense missiles for inclusion in future presidential drawdown packages.

“With Russia’s unrelenting and brutal air attacks on Ukrainian civilian critical infrastructure, additional air defense capabilities are critical,” the Pentagon said. “Funding to refurbish HAWK missiles will complement Spain’s recent commitment of HAWK launchers to help Ukraine meet this threat.”

In total, the United States has now committed more than $18.9 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, with more than $18.2 billion coming since the beginning of Russia’s ongoing invasion.

“This USAI package underscores the continued U.S. commitment to supporting Ukraine by meeting their most urgent needs, while also building the capacity of Ukraine’s Armed Forces to defend its sovereignty over the long term,” the representative of Pentagon said.

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