The US Department of Defense (DoD) has announced additional security aid worth more than $400m to meet both urgent and long-term needs of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

As part of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), the government will initiate a contracting process to procure various capabilities from the industry.

The USAI funding will be used to renew HAWK air defence missiles for inclusion in presidential drawdown packages. This will also supplement Spain’s commitment to providing HAWK launchers to Ukraine.

Tactical communications and surveillance systems, 1,100 Phoenix Ghost tactical uncrewed aerial systems, 40 armoured riverine boats, refurbishment of 250 M1117 armoured security vehicles, training, and maintenance are also included in the package.

The USAI funding will also ensure the delivery of 45 revamped T-72B tanks with updated optics, communications, and armour packages.

According to Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh, the T-72B tanks will be supplied to Ukraine under a trilateral deal between the US, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic.  

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In coordination with the Czech Ministry of Defence and Czech industry, the Netherlands will provide 45 more modernised T-72B tanks, worth €45m, to Ukraine.

While initial delivery of the tanks is expected to take place by the end of December this year, more tanks will be shipped by 2023.

This announcement is part of the Netherlands’ latest commitment to deliver heavy military equipment that amounts to €120m.

Dutch Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren said: This comprehensive package is an important signal to Russia. Allies continue to join forces to support the Ukrainian armed forces in the fight against the Russian war of aggression.”