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The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced that it will provide additional infantry vehicles, ordnances, weapon systems, and equipment to strengthen Ukraine’s critical air defence capabilities.
The package includes $1.75bn of funds from the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), and $425m from the 31st presidential drawdown of equipment from the US’ defence inventories for Ukraine.
With USAI funds, the US will deliver Puma uncrewed aerial systems (UAS), counter-UAS systems, four air surveillance and 20 counter-mortar radars, two Hawk firing units, precision-guided rockets, and air defence generators.
It further includes anti-aircraft guns and ammunition, and medical supplies, as well as the required equipment for the integration of western air-defence launchers, missiles, and radars with Ukraine’s air-defence systems.
The presidential drawdown funds will support the delivery of additional Claymore munitions, anti-aircraft guns, 2,000 anti-armour rockets, demolitions munitions, High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems ammunition, 155mm artillery, and 120mm mortar rounds.
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Approximately 181 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected platforms, 250 Javelin anti-armour systems, and 190 heavy machine guns and thermal imagery with required c-UAS ammunition are also included in this tranche.
France and Italy have also jointly confirmed their intents to deliver a SAMP/T-MAMBA air defence system to support Ukraine’s battle against the Russian invasion.
The French Ministry of Armed Forces tweeted: “Finalisation of discussions between France and Italy on the delivery of SAMP/T-MAMBA to Ukraine.”
In a recent virtual meeting, Poland Defence Minister Mariusz Blaszczak and his Ukrainian counterpart O Reznikov discussed the progress on the coalition’s plans to jointly deliver Leopard tanks to Ukraine.
Blaszczak said: “Declarations have been made by our counterparts, defence ministers of countries that have Leopard tanks, but we are waiting for the final declaration by mid-February.”