The Pentagon on Tuesday announced more than $2.6 billion worth of additional American military assistance for Ukraine

The latest package includes the 35th drawdown from U.S. military inventories authorized by the Biden Administration since August 2021 and amounts to some $500 million worth of arms and equipment. 

Among the items slated for transfer, taken from Department of Defense warehouses: 

  • Additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems;
  • Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
  • 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds;
  • 120mm mortar rounds;
  • 120mm and 105mm tank ammunition; 
  • 25mm ammunition;
  • Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles;
  • Approximately 400 grenade launchers and 200,000 rounds of ammunition;
  • 11 tactical vehicles to recover equipment;
  • 61 heavy fuel tankers;
  • 10 trucks and 10 trailers to transport heavy equipment;
  • Testing and diagnostic equipment to support vehicle maintenance and repair;
  • Spare parts and other field equipment.

Added to this package is another $2.1 billion in Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative funds, which are U.S. taxpayer dollars earmarked to buy equipment and services from the commercial market to support the war effort in Ukraine. Among the items the funds will go to pay for are "more than 23,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition," which could dry up supplies of some common ammunition types on the consumer market. 

Among the items the funds will go to pay for are "more than 23,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition," which could dry up supplies of some common ammunition types on the consumer market. 

This is over and above the 150 million rounds of small arms ammo already allocated from U.S. supplies and purchased for the Ukrainian forces.

For those curious, the USAI funds will also go to pay for: 

  • Additional munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS);
  • Nine counter-Unmanned Aerial System 30mm gun trucks;
  • 10 mobile c-UAS laser-guided rocket systems;
  • Three air surveillance radars;
  • 30mm and 23mm anti-aircraft ammunition;
  • 130mm and 122mm artillery rounds;
  • 122mm GRAD rockets;
  • Rocket launchers and ammunition;
  • 120mm and 81mm mortar systems;
  • 120mm, 81mm, and 60mm mortar rounds;
  • 120mm tank ammunition;
  • Javelin anti-armor systems;
  • Anti-armor rockets;
  • Precision aerial munitions;
  • Approximately 3,600 small arms;
  • Seven tactical vehicles to recover equipment;
  • Eight heavy fuel tankers and 105 fuel trailers;
  • Armored bridging systems;
  • Four logistics support vehicles;
  • Trucks and ten trailers to transport heavy equipment;
  • Secure communications equipment;
  • SATCOM terminals and services;
  • Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.

In total, as of April 4, Defense Department fact sheets tally that the Biden administration has committed more than $35.1 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since last February. 

Banner image: Air Force personnel marshal a K-loader of cargo during a Ukraine security assistance mission at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware., Feb. 3, 2023. (Photo: Department of Defense)
 

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