The Biden administration’s latest move in U.S.-Ukraine relations is the unveiling of a new $500 million military aid package for Ukraine, showcasing America’s commitment to its European ally. This significant defense aid includes dozens of combat vehicles.

This much-anticipated military aid to Ukraine is set to include Bradley infantry fighting vehicles and Stryker armored personnel carriers. These defense equipment, sourced directly from U.S. stockpiles, are ready for deployment to Kyiv. Additionally, the aid will include an unspecified number of High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) rounds, Patriot munitions, artillery rounds, and ammunition. However, the official noted that the longer-range Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) for the HIMARS will not be part of this package, a detail that has drawn attention from observers.

The fact that the vehicles are being supplied from U.S. stocks indicates that the aid will be provided through presidential drawdown authorities. This marks the 41st time President Joe Biden has opted to use this power to expedite the delivery of weapons platforms and defense articles to Ukraine.

Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles

 The Bradley IFV is a highly versatile and agile tracked combat vehicle designed to transport infantry squads to the battlefield while providing fire support. BAE Systems manufactures the Bradley with a 25mm M242 Bushmaster chain gun, a TOW anti-tank missile launcher, and a 7.62mm M240 machine gun. The vehicle’s armor offers protection against small arms fire, artillery fragments, and mines. With impressive firepower, mobility, and survivability, the Bradley IFV has become a mainstay in the U.S. Army and a valuable asset for modern combat operations.

Stryker Armored Personnel Carriers (APCs)

The Stryker APC is an eight-wheeled, all-terrain armored vehicle developed by General Dynamics Land Systems. Built to transport infantry quickly and safely across the battlefield, the Stryker features a modular design allowing various configurations, including infantry carrier, reconnaissance, mortar carrier, and medical evacuation variants. The Stryker is armed with a remote weapon station, which can be fitted with a .50 caliber M2 machine gun, a 7.62mm M240 machine gun, or a 40mm Mk19 automatic grenade launcher. Its advanced armor protects against small arms fire, improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and mines, making it a vital asset for modern military forces.

High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS)

The HIMARS is a highly mobile, truck-mounted artillery rocket system produced by Lockheed Martin. Designed for rapid deployment and precision strikes, the HIMARS can fire various surface-to-surface rockets and missiles, including the M270 Family of Munitions (MFOM) and the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). The system is mounted on a 6×6 truck chassis, allowing for quick transportation and setup in various terrains. With its impressive range and accuracy, the HIMARS has become an invaluable tool for providing long-range fire support to ground forces.