The Department of Defense (DoD) has made public its commitment to provide Ukraine with a new security assistance package, including C-UAS equipment, to bolster its battlefield requirements. This package reinforces the unwavering support of the United States for Ukraine. The assistance, part of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), encompasses essential air defense capabilities and munitions critical to Ukraine’s defense.
Through the USAI package, the United States underscores its ongoing dedication to addressing Ukraine’s immediate needs by providing vital near-term capabilities. Simultaneously, it aims to strengthen the long-term capacity of Ukraine’s Armed Forces, enabling them to safeguard their territory and act as a deterrent against any potential Russian aggression in the mid and long term.
In contrast to the Presidential Drawdown authority, which the DoD has consistently employed to supply equipment from its stocks to Ukraine swiftly, the USAI operates differently. Under USAI, the United States procures capabilities from industry or partner nations before forwarding them to Ukraine. This recent announcement marks the commencement of a contracting process that aims to deliver additional priority capabilities to Ukraine.
The capabilities in this announcement, which totals $1.3 billion, include:
- Four National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) and munitions;
- 152mm artillery rounds;
- Mine clearing equipment;
- Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles;
- Phoenix Ghost and Switchblade Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS);
- Precision aerial munitions;
- Counter-UAS and electronic warfare detection equipment;
- 150 fuel trucks;
- 115 tactical vehicles to tow and haul equipment;
- 50 tactical vehicles to recover equipment;
- Port and harbor security equipment;
- Tactical secure communications systems;
- Support for training, maintenance, and sustainment activities.
The United States remains committed to collaborating with its Allies and partners to furnish Ukraine with the necessary capabilities to address their immediate battlefield requirements and ensure their long-term security assistance needs are met.
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