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​U.S. Prepares Next $2 billion Aid Package for Ukraine Including Longer-Range Missiles, MRAPs, PUMA drones, Counter UAV Systems and More

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New U.S. aid package for Ukraine may include longer-range missiles, but not ATACMS this time
New U.S. aid package for Ukraine may include longer-range missiles, but not ATACMS this time

More than $2 billion worth of military aid for Ukraine is waiting for decision to be sent. The batch of aid is expected to include munitions and weapons aswell as longer-range rockets. The latest Ones would be sent to Ukraine for the first time

That is according to Reuters, citing two U.S. officials who was briefed on the matter by the news agency.

As Reuters reports, the aid is expected to be announced as soon as this week. It is also expected to include support equipment for Patriot air defense systems, precision-guided munitions and Javelin anti-tank weapons.

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The first two battalions of M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles left for Ukraine last week, Defense Express
The first two battalions of M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles left for Ukraine last week / Photo credit: U.S. Transportation Command, Oz Suguitan

One of the officials that was questioned by the agency said a portion of the package, expected to be $1.725 billion, would come from a fund known as the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which allows President Joe Biden's administration to get weapons from industry rather than from U.S. weapons stocks.

The USAI funds would go toward the purchase of a new weapon, the Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) made by Boeing Co (BA.N), which have a range of 94 miles (150 km).

Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb, GLSDB, Defense Express
GLSDB is GPS-guided, can defeat some electronic jamming, is usable in all weather conditions, and can be used against armored vehicles
Ground Launched Small Diameter Bomb, GLSDB, Defense Express
GLSDB is made jointly by SAAB AB (SAABb.ST) and Boeing. It combines the GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb (SDB) with the M26 rocket motor

As Reuters notes the longer range of the GLSDB glide bomb could allow Ukraine to hit targets that have been out of reach and help it continue pressing its counterattacks by disrupting russia further behind its lines.

The agency also reminds that The United States has rebuffed Ukraine's requests for the 185-mile (297-km) range ATACMS missile.

According to Reuters USAI funds would also be used to pay for more components of HAWK air defenses, counter drone systems, counter artillery and air surveillance radars, communications equipment, PUMA drones, and spare parts for major systems like Patriot and Bradley. A significant amount of medical equipment - enough to equip three field hospitals being donated by another ally, is likely to be sent.

Puma LE Unmanned Aerial System, Defense Express
Puma LE Unmanned Aerial System

In addition to the USAI funds, more than $400 million worth of aid was expected to come from Presidential Drawdown Authority funds, which allows the president to take from current U.S. stocks in an emergency.

That aid was expected to include mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles (MRAPs), guided multiple launch rocket systems (GMLRS) and ammunition.

Reuters underlines that the White House declined to comment. The agency stresses that contents and size of aid packages can shift until they are signed by the US president.

United States is sending 31 Abrams tanks and other military equipment to Ukraine, Defense Express
In late January U.S. President Joe Biden officially announced that the United States is sending 31 Abrams tanks and other military equipment to Ukraine

As Defense Express reported, France was sending more Caesar self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine and promised help Ukraine acquire GM 200 radar from Thales while German Panzerhaubitze 2000 works near Bakhmut.

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