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President Biden has announced another military assistance package for $600 million to be sent to Ukraine. This is in addition to last week’s announcement of a $675 million package.
According to the White House website, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been authorized to “direct the drawdown of up to $600 million in defense articles and services of the Department of Defense, and military education and training” in support of Ukraine.
The Pentagon has said the latest package will include more ammunition for HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems), anti-drone systems, radars, night vision devices, anti-personnel land mines, small arms with ammunition, and thousands of 105mm and 155mm artillery shells. This announcement comes while Pentagon officials have also said that US stockpiles of artillery shells are “uncomfortably low.”
Lockheed Martin and Raytheon also scored a $311 million deal to replace the depleted US arsenal of anti-tank Javelin missiles, according to the Pentagon.
The United States has pledged $44.3 billion to Ukraine since February 2022. Of that total, $14.5 billion has been cash, while the rest is the calculated value of weapons, munitions, training, and other military equipment. The US also poured $17.2 billion into Ukraine between 2014 and 2022.
The US military is estimated to lose $110 million in purchasing power next fiscal year, and the National Defense Industrial Association expects the DoD to demand an additional $42 billion to the budget to keep up with inflation.