US to give Ukraine battery of Patriot systems, aid package will reach $1.8 billion – AP

Marta Gichko06:21, 21.12.22

As part of this package, Ukraine will also receive high-precision guided bombs for fighter jets.

Ukraine will receive a Patriot SAM battery-media / US Army
Ukraine will receive a Patriot SAM battery-media / US Army

The United States will provide $1.8 billion in military assistance to Ukraine. The new package will for the first time include Patriot air defense systems and precision guided bombs for fighters.

According to The Associated Press, this was reported by senior US officials against the background of the visit of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to the United States. Since the White House has not officially announced the aid, officials spoke about it on condition of anonymity. 

As the newspaper notes, this assistance indicates the expansion of the United States in the types of advanced weapons that they will send to Ukraine to strengthen the country’s air defense.

The package, which will be announced today, will include $1 billion worth of weapons from the Pentagon and another $800 million from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which funds arms, ammunition, training and other assistance.

However, it is not yet known when the Patriot will arrive in Ukraine, since Ukrainians have not yet been taught how to use the system. The training will last for several weeks. 

We are talking about the transfer of a Patriot battery to Ukraine. Typically, one Patriot battery typically includes up to eight launchers, each of which can hold four missiles. 

The package will also include an undisclosed number of precision guided bomb kits for Joint Direct Attack Munitions or JDAM fighters, officials said. In addition, Ukraine will receive an undisclosed number of missiles for a highly mobile artillery missile system, thousands of artillery and mortar shells, trucks and HARM air-to-surface anti-radiation missiles.

Zelensky’s visit to the USA

On Wednesday, December 21, 2022, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky will visit the United States of America. 

Zelensky’s sudden trip to the US will coincide with the Biden administration’s intention to send a new aid package to Ukraine that will include Patriot anti-aircraft missiles, US media have reported.

Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the United States has supported our country. In particular, the States provide Ukraine with military equipment and train the Ukrainian military. 

In addition, the United States intends to  send  Ukraine sets of electronic equipment that turns unguided aircraft munitions into smart bombs. They provide a high degree of targeting accuracy.

(C)UNIAN 2022

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