Ukrainian troops received a long-awaited boost this week with the arrival of the first M1117 Armored Security Vehicle (ASV).

The 425th Separate Assault Battalion Skala proudly displayed the Textron vehicle on their social media, showcasing a critical addition to their arsenal as the war with Russia grinds on.

This initial delivery comes as part of a larger $400 million US aid package announced last November 2022.

The package includes a total of 250 refurbished M1117s, offering much-needed armored protection for Ukrainian troops on the front lines.

Beyond the M1117s, the package also includes:

  • 45 refurbished T-72B tanks
  • An undisclosed number of refurbished HAWK air defense missiles
  • 1,100 Phoenix Ghost drones
  • 40 Armored Riverine Boats

Delivery Delays: A Hurdle Overcome

While the arrival of the first M1117 marks a positive step, initial concerns about delivery timelines have swirled.

The Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) relies on industry procurement for refurbished vehicles, which can lead to logistical delays.

According to a September 2023 briefing to US congressional defense committees, the refurbishment process for the decommissioned M1117s was initially expected to take another 18 months.