Latest Drawdown from U.S. Stocks for Ukraine Includes 1.5 million rounds of Ammo
The 20th Biden administration drawdown from U.S. arms and equipment stocks announced this week sends $675 million worth of additional munitions to Ukraine.
The Pentagon on Thursday quietly announced the withdrawal from Department of Defense inventories to "meet Ukraine’s critical security and defense needs." The latest package includes several additional artillery systems such as four 105mm howitzers and 36,000 shells for them, 5,000 assorted tank-killing anti-armor systems, 100 HMMWVs, and 1.5 million rounds of small arms ammunition. The latter figure brings to a DOD-disclosed total of "over 60 million rounds" of ammo sent to the country.
Importantly, it also brings the total number of artillery shells for 155mm and 105mm howitzers to nearly the 1-million mark. In all, 146 of the big guns have been provided to Ukraine from U.S. warehouses. This comes just weeks after reports that the level of 155mm combat rounds in U.S. military storage has become "uncomfortably low." Meanwhile, the number of $160,000-per unit Javelin anti-tank systems supplied thus far would take some four years to replace under current production figures.
Anecdotal reports are also circulating on military blogs and social media that weapons and ammunition are being stripped from active duty U.S. units and being sent to Ukraine, hampering training and readiness.
The Sept. 8 Fact Sheet from the DOD, detailing some of the approximately $15.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine by the Biden administration since January 2021:
Additionally, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, on the eve of a meeting in Kyiv, pledged a further $2.2 billion available in "long-term investments under Foreign Military Financing to bolster the security of Ukraine and 17 of its neighbors."