President Biden announced on Wednesday a massive $800 million military aid package for Ukraine that includes armed drones, anti-tank, and anti-aircraft missiles as the US continues to fuel the fighting between Russia and Ukraine.
The White House released a fact sheet detailing the contents of the aid package:
- 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
- 2,000 Javelin, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons, and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems;
- 100 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
- 100 grenade launchers, 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns, and 400 shotguns;
- Over 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition and grenade launcher and mortar rounds;
- 25,000 sets of body armor; and
- 25,000 helmets.
The “Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems” that the US is sending are small drones that crash into their targets, known as Switchblade drones. The Switchblades were first used by US special operations forces in Afghanistan and can hit targets dozens of miles away.
Announcing the weapons package, President Biden said the US would “do more in the days and weeks ahead.” Biden’s announcement came after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a virtual address to Congress where he pleaded for the US to send Ukraine more weapons, including S-300 surface-to-air missiles.
Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) told Politico that the US is “working with its allies” to send the S-300s to Ukraine. Slovakia’s Defense Ministry said Slovak military officials are expected to discuss the potential transfer of S-300s to Ukraine.
Biden’s announcement brings the total military aid authorized for Ukraine over the past week to $1 billion. The funding for the new weapons package will come out of the $13.6 billion for Ukraine that was added to the $1.5 trillion omnibus spending bill Biden recently signed. Out of the $13.6 billion, the Pentagon will get $6.5 billion to replenish weapons stocks sent to Ukraine and to pay for troop deployments to Eastern Europe.
8 thoughts on “Biden Announces $800 Million in Military Aid for Ukraine, Includes Armed Drones”
Throwing gasoline on a bonfire.
Lets Go Brandon!
More waste of hard-earned American tax-payer donated money to the mongers.
“800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
2,000 Javelin, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons, and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems;
100 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
100 grenade launchers, 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns, and 400 shotguns;
Over 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition and grenade launcher and mortar rounds;
25,000 sets of body armor; and
MLK would be proud(sarc). I guess Zelensky’s speech worked. President Liver Spots promises more.
“It’s hard to have negotiations that are going to be effective if… one party is continuing to escalate,” Psaki told reporters.
Or when another party is saturating the country with weapons. Sometimes it’s hard not to use the “C” word.
Let’s see cow, cookie, cannibal…Let me guess?… Is it conundrum?… Nah, I’ll bet it is………………………………………………………………………….
Ouch, I CU_T my finger……
Joe Biden is the gift that keeps on giving! I wonder if we will get to experience nuclear war on a personal level?…
Now, I have a regular old fashioned drone, just a cruise and schmoozing kind of a deal… But this “switch-blade” drone might come in handy. (Switch blades in NM are a pretty regular kinda thing…)
I think that the President is busting myths all over the place! Democrats are much less aggressive than war-hawk Republicans but Biden is showing: he’s got a pair!
Ya learn something new every day!
All of these weapons will be captured or destroyed by Russia sooner or later…! They have troops dedicated just to find, capture or destroy these imported weapons…!
Utterly meaningless except as bonus money to the military-industrial complex. None of this stuff will be functional against the Russian combined-arms operation, especially the S-300 which will be destroyed before they’re even set up, assuming they get into the country at all.
And by the way, all this stuff is being captured by the Russians and turned over to the Donbass republics. It’s like Christmas! LOL
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