Ammunition for NASAMS, HIMARS and more: U.S. announces new $425 million military aid package for Ukraine

Ammunition for NASAMS, HIMARS and more: U.S. announces new $425 million military aid package for Ukraine

On Friday, November 3, US President Joe Biden's administration announced a new military aid package to Ukraine totaling $425 million. It will include, among other things, missiles and ammunition to counter drones.

This is stated on the website of the US Department of Defense. It is noted that our military will receive:

- additional laser-guided ammunition to counter unmanned aerial systems;

- additional ammunition for the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS);

- additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);

- artillery shells of 155 mm and 105 mm caliber;

- optically tracked and wire guided tube-launched missiles (TOW);

- Javelin and AT-4 anti-tank systems;

- more than 3 million rounds of ammunition for small arms and grenades;

- explosive ammunition for obstacle clearance;

- M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel ammunition;

- 12 trucks for transportation of heavy equipment;

- cold weather gear;

- spare parts, maintenance and other field equipment.

All the weapons will be transferred from the US Army's stockpile, except for the laser weapon, which will be ordered through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) program, which provides for the purchase of weapons from manufacturers.

However, additional long-range ATACMS missiles were not included in the aid package.

"Security assistance to Ukraine is a smart investment in our national security. It helps prevent greater conflict in the region and deter potential aggression elsewhere, while strengthening our defense industry base and creating high quality jobs for the American people. This security assistance package demonstrates the United States' ongoing commitment to supporting the Ukrainian people in the face of Russian aggression," the Pentagon said in a statement.

As a reminder, a group of high-ranking officials in the U.S. Congress called on President Biden to provide Ukraine with longer-range ATACMS missiles as a sign of continued support. The lawmakers noted that the Ukrainian army needs long-range strikes on targets throughout the occupied Crimea.

In September, it was reported that the Biden administration was close to approving the supply of longer-range missiles to Ukraine, which would give Kyiv the ability to inflict significant damage in the deep rear in Russian-occupied territory.

As reported by OBOZ.UA:

- US Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink said that all military assistance provided by the United States is used by Ukraine for its intended purpose. One third of the staff of the US Embassy in Kyiv is monitoring this issue as it is a priority.

- Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Mike Johnson said that he is open to resolving the issue of aid to Ukraine, but first of all, he believes that Congress should approve a separate package of support for Israel. He believes that aid to Israel should be provided "first and separately."

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