The Biden administration on Wednesday announced a new $300 million arms package for Ukraine using the Presidential Drawdown Authority, which allows President Biden to ship weapons to the country directly from Pentagon stockpiles.
For the first time, the package included Hydra-70 rockets, an unguided munition typically fired from aircraft as an air-to-ground missile. The US is also sending more Howitzers, ammunition for the HIMARS rocket systems, and other artillery rounds.
The US is still drawing funds for military assistance to Ukraine from the $45 billion aid package Congress authorized in December. The $45 billion is expected to be exhausted by the summer, meaning the White House might ask Congress for more funds soon. To date, the US has authorized about $113 billion in spending on the war.
According to the Pentagon, the $300 million package includes the following:
- Additional ammunition for HIMARS
- 155mm Howitzers
- 155mm artillery rounds
- 120mm, 81mm, and 60mm mortar rounds
- Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles
- AT-4 and Carl Gustaf anti-armor weapon systems
- Hydra-70 aircraft rockets
- Small arms and small arms ammunition
- Demolition munitions for obstacle clearing
- Trucks and trailers to transport heavy equipment
- Testing and diagnostic equipment to support vehicle maintenance and repair
- Spare parts and other field equipment
The Pentagon also released a fact sheet on Wednesday that says the US has pledged more than $35.7 billion in military equipment for Kyiv since Russia launched its invasion on February 24, 2022. The fact sheet details the enormous amount of ammunition the US has provided, including over 1.5 million 155mm artillery rounds.