US announces $3 billion military aid package for Ukraine

6 January, 10:45 PM
Bradley BMP in Latvia in 2017 (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo)

Bradley BMP in Latvia in 2017 (Photo:REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo)

The United States will provide Ukraine with $3 billion in weapons and military equipment – including 50 Bradley IFVs, 18 Paladin self-propelled howitzers, and 55 MRAP tactical vehicles – White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre announced during a press briefing on Jan. 6.

The aid package will also include GMLRS munitions for HIMARS rocket artillery, anti-personnel mines, ammunition, and other equipment. Jean-Pierre called it the largest single U.S. security assistance package since the beginning of the war.

Subsequent media reports provided the following breakdown of U.S. assistance:

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·       50 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles;

·       100 M113 Armored Personnel Carriers;

·       55 MRAP tactical vehicles;

·       138 HMMWV vehicles;

·       18 M109A6 ‘Paladin’ Self-Propelled Guns and 18 ammo support vehicles;

·       70,000 155mm rounds;

·       500 155mm precision rounds (likely Excalibur);

·       36 towed 105mm guns and 95,000 105mm rounds;

·       10,000 120mm mortar rounds;

·       RIM-7 Sea Sparrow SAM missiles;

·       2,000 anti-tank rockets;

·       Claymore anti-personnel mines;

·       Nigh vision equipment;

·       Spare parts and other equipment.

White House National Security spokesman John Kirby added that military aid from the new package would help Ukraine's defenders in Donbas to meet their needs, and that Bradley IFVs are crucial for combined arms maneuvers.

Kirby also clarified that it will take some time to deliver Bradley’s to Ukraine, but the United States will try to do it as quickly as possible. He added that it won't take long to train the Ukrainians to use and maintain these vehicles.

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