Biden Admin Unveils New Security Aid for Ukraine 25 May

U.S. Department of Defense

Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced a significant new security assistance package to meet Ukraine's critical security and defense needs. This announcement is the Biden Administration's fifty-eighth tranche of equipment to be provided from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021 using Presidential Drawdown Authorities. It is the fifth security assistance package the President has authorized since signing the national security supplemental last month, and the third package the President has using Presidential Drawdown Authorities. This Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) package, which is part of our efforts to help Ukraine repel Russia's assault near Kharkiv, has an estimated value of $275 million. It will provide Ukraine additional capabilities to meet its most urgent battlefield needs, such as: additional precision strike rockets for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS); artillery rounds; air-launched munitions; and anti-tank weapons.

The capabilities in this announcement include:

  • Ammunition for HIMARS;
  • 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds;
  • 60mm mortar rounds;
  • Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles;
  • Javelin and AT-4 anti-armor systems;
  • Precision aerial munitions;
  • Small arms and additional rounds of small arms ammunition and grenades;
  • Demolitions munitions;
  • Anti-armor mines;
  • Tactical vehicles to recover equipment;
  • Helmets, body armor, and Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear protective equipment; and
  • Spare parts, maintenance, and other ancillary equipment.

The United States will continue to work together with some 50 Allies and partners to ensure Ukraine's brave defenders receive the critical capabilities needed to fight Russian aggression.

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