New $400 million assistance package for Ukraine: US will provide missiles for Hawk and Avenger air defense systems

The new assistance will include the strengthening of Ukraine’s air defense.

This assistance will complement other donations of air defense systems announced by US partners and allies / photo
This assistance will complement other donations of air defense systems announced by US partners and allies / photo ua.

National Security Adviser to the President of the United States of America Jacob Sullivan says the US will announce a new aid package for Ukraine today

As an UNIAN correspondent reports, Sullivan said this at a briefing broadcast by the White House on social networks. He spoke about the US efforts to provide Ukraine with the necessary for self-defense.

“Today, the United States will announce another aid package for Ukraine, including important donations to air defense assets, and in particular, missiles for Hawk air defense systems and for US Avenger air defense systems, which are equipped with Stinger missiles. “, Sullivan said.

In this regard, he said the assistance would complement other air defense system donations announced by US partners and allies in the context of Ukraine Defense Contact Group meetings voted by US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin.

“When I visited Kyiv last week, I had the chance to consult directly with President Zelensky and his team on the ground about what Ukraine needs to be in the strongest position on the battlefield. This strengthening of air defense will be critical for Ukraine, as Russia continues to use Iranian-made cruise missiles and drones to attack critical civilian infrastructure,” Sullivan said.

What else will Ukraine get

The Pentagon has already published the release of the new package. It says. what Ukraine will get:

  • Missiles for the HAWK air defense system;
  •  Four Avenger air defense systems and Stinger missiles;
  •   Additional ammunition for highly mobile artillery rocket systems (HIMARS);
  •  21,000 155 mm artillery shells;
  •  500 high-precision artillery shells of 155 mm caliber;
  • 10,000 mortar shells of 120 mm caliber;
  • 100 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV);
  • 400 grenade launchers;
  • Small arms, optics and over 20,000,000 small arms rounds;
  • Demolition equipment for clearing obstacles;
  •  Equipment to protect against the cold.

“Amid Russia’s relentless and brutal air attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure, additional air defense capabilities are critical. The HAWK missiles, which will be upgraded with funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, will complement Spain’s recent commitment to provide HAWK launchers to help Ukraine cope Avenger short-range air defense systems will also provide Ukraine with the ability to protect Ukrainian troops and critical infrastructure from unmanned aerial systems and helicopters.

Subsequently, Andriy Yermak, Chairman of the Presidential Chamber, commented on the information about the new aid package to Ukraine .

“Here’s the news. The Pentagon has announced a new $400 million military aid package for Ukraine that includes Avenger air defense systems and Hawk missiles. Think that’s it? No,” he wrote.

Help to Ukraine

As UNIAN reported earlier, on October 12, a meeting of the Contact Group on Defense Issues of Ukraine (“Ramstein-6”) was held in Brussels.

United States Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said that Ukraine will receive new air defense systems as soon as they can be physically delivered. He stressed that there is a will to do everything possible to strengthen the air defense of Ukraine.

In turn, the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Mark Milley, spoke about plans to create a comprehensive (integrated) missile defense system for Ukraine. This system will be designed to provide protection for priority sites in Ukraine.

On October 13, it became known that the UK will transfer missiles for the NASAMS air defense system to Ukraine, which will be capable of destroying cruise missiles.

On November 1, it became known that the United States of America intends to transfer eight NASAMS air defense systems to Ukraine.

On November 7, it became known that the first NASAMS and Aspide anti-aircraft missile systems arrived in Ukraine.

(c)UNIAN 2022

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