The United States announced the allocation of a record package of military aid within the framework of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), the total cost of which is about 3 billion dollars.
It is noted that the USAI assistance, which was announced on Ukraine’s Independence Day, underscores the commitment of the United States to support Ukraine in the long term — it is a multi-year investment to strengthen the strength of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which continue to defend the country’s sovereignty in the face of Russian aggression.
Unlike the Presidential Drawdown (PDA) program, which the US Department of Defense uses to supply Ukraine with weapons from its stockpiles, USAI purchases new weapons from industry. Today’s announcement is the beginning of the process of concluding contracts to provide Ukraine with additional opportunities in the medium and long term.
In particular, these 3 billion dollars will be spent on procurement and supply to Ukraine:
- six additional National Advanced Anti-Aircraft Missile Systems (NASAMS) [batteries] with additional ammunition for NASAMS;
- up to 245,000 rounds of 155-mm artillery ammunition;
- up to 65,000 shells for 120-mm mortars;
- up to 24 anti-battery radars;
- unmanned aerial systems (UAVs) Puma and auxiliary equipment for UAV systems Scan Eagle;
- VAMPIRE anti-drone systems;
- laser-guided missile systems [probably APKWS];
- training, maintenance and support funding.
We will remind that on July 1, the Pentagon announced the start of the procurement procedure for the first two batteries of the NASAMS system for delivery to Ukraine.