On April 4, the US Department of Defense (DoD) announced an additional $2.6 billion security assistance package for Ukraine’s ongoing efforts to repel invading Russian forces.

This renewed military assistance includes ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and one Patriot air defense system and its munitions, as well as other artillery rounds, small arms, anti-armor systems, and spare parts, among many others.

Additional $2.6B Military Aid

The recent military aid package valued at $500 million drawn from the existing US arsenal, which includes:

  • Additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems;
  • Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
  • 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds;
  • 120mm mortar rounds;
  • 120mm and 105mm tank ammunition;
  • 25mm ammunition;
  • Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles;
  • Approximately 400 grenade launchers and 200,000 rounds of ammunition;
  • 11 tactical vehicles to recover equipment;
  • 61 heavy fuel tankers;
  • 10 trucks and 10 trailers to transport heavy equipment;
  • Testing and diagnostic equipment to support vehicle maintenance and repair;
  • Spare parts and other field equipment.
Patriot system
A patriot system assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Air Defense Artillery Regiment on display during a training exercise in 2017. (Image source: DVIDS)

The Pentagon will also send a significant package to ramp up Kyiv’s air defense capabilities, pulling funds worth $2.1 billion from Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), including:

  • Additional munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS);
  • Nine counter-Unmanned Aerial System 30mm gun trucks;
  • 10 mobile c-UAS laser-guided rocket systems;
  • Three air surveillance radars;
  • 30mm and 23mm anti-aircraft ammunition;
  • 130mm and 122mm artillery rounds;
  • 122mm GRAD rockets;
  • Rocket launchers and ammunition;
  • 120mm and 81mm mortar systems;
  • 120mm, 81mm, and 60mm mortar rounds;
  • 120mm tank ammunition;
  • Javelin anti-armor systems;
  • Anti-armor rockets;
  • Precision aerial munitions;
  • Approximately 3,600 small arms and more than 23,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;
  • Seven tactical vehicles to recover equipment;
  • Eight heavy fuel tankers and 105 fuel trailers;
  • Armored bridging systems;
  • Four logistics support vehicles;
  • Trucks and ten trailers to transport heavy equipment;
  • Secure communications equipment;
  • SATCOM terminals and services;
  • Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.

With the 35th Presidential drawdown, the United States has now committed about $35.8 billion in military aid to Ukraine, including over $35.1 billion since the onset of Russia’s unprovoked “special military operation” on February 24, 2022.

“The United States will continue to work with its Allies and partners to provide Ukraine with capabilities to meet its immediate battlefield needs and longer-term security assistance requirements,” the DoD said in a statement.

Over $35 billion dollars. That’s starting to be some real money. That’s roughly the same amount of money that NASA is going to spend on the Artemis Program to put a man back on the moon. Think about that for a few minutes.

Brief Military Support Recap

Aside from the new military aid package, the long-requested Abrams main battle tanks are slated to arrive on the battlefield in Kyiv by fall this year. Initially, Washington was to ship the latest M1A2 variant of the revered tank, but in mid-March, it was announced that the country would instead send refurbished M1A1s to accelerate the delivery.