US announces $2.2 billion military aid package for Ukraine
GLSDB projectile (Photo:boeing.co.kr)
The U.S. Department of Defense has announced another military aid package for Ukraine, worth $2.18 billion, which includes Hawk air defense systems and high-precision missiles, Bloomberg reported on Feb. 3.
Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder confirmed the aid package includes Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB) munitions, which can be launched from HIMARS and M270 rocket artillery systems and have a range of 150 kilometers. He said that the GLSDB would help the Ukrainian military carry out operations to defend the country and liberate the territories occupied by the invaders. When asked whether the missiles will be used for strikes against Russian targets in the occupied Crimea, the Ryder noted that is for Ukraine to decide.
Voice of America journalist Ostap Yarysh published the following outline of the package:
Additional ammunition for MLRS HIMARS;
Additional 155mm artillery rounds;
Additional 120mm mortar rounds;
190 heavy machine guns with thermal imaging sights to fight drones;
181 mine-resistant armored vehicles (MRAP);
250 Javelin ATGMs;
2,000 anti-tank rockets;
Claymore anti-personnel mines;
Winter gear, helmets and other equipment;
Two MIM-23 Hawk air defense systems;
Anti-aircraft weapons and ammunition;
Equipment to integrate Western radars, missiles, and air defense into the Ukrainian air defense system;
Equipment to support the Ukrainian air defense capabilities;
Four air surveillance radars;
20 anti-mortar radars;
Spare parts for counter-artillery radars;
Puma surveillance drones;
Precision guided rockets;
Secure communications equipment and other assorted items.
According to Bloomberg, after the contract for the production of GLSDB missiles is signed, their delivery will take up to nine months.
On Jan. 20, the United States announced a military aid package for Ukraine worth $2.5 billion that includes Bradley and Stryker fighting vehicles, Avenger Air Defense Systems, 155mm high precision artillery shells, and other pieces of military equipment.
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