The US on Friday announced a new $275 million arms package for Ukraine that includes ammunition for the HIMARS rocket systems, marking the 27th drawdown from US military stockpiles for the Ukrainians.
Announcing the new package, the Pentagon said that the US has pledged over $19.3 billion in military equipment for Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24. The funds for the new arms are being pulled from the previous Ukraine aid spending bill that was approved in September.
According to the Pentagon, the new $275 million package includes:
• Additional ammunition for HIMARS
• 80,000 155mm artillery rounds
• Counter-Unmanned Aerial Systems equipment
• Counter air defense capability
• High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs) Ambulances and medical equipment
• Approximately 150 generators
• Field equipment
The arms package brings the total number of 155mm artillery rounds pledged to Ukraine to over 1 million. As US military stockpiles are being depleted, the US Army is planning a “dramatic” increase in ammunition production to bring inventories up to levels higher than before the Russian invasion.
So far, the US has authorized about $67 billion in spending on the war in Ukraine. The White House has asked Congress to authorize $37.7 billion in new aid for Ukraine, which includes $21.7 in military aid.