Washington DC, 2 July 2022 (TDI): The United States (U.S) Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III announced a new package for security assistance to Ukraine.

This package includes National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems, ammunition for 155mm Howitzers, and HIMARS. 

According to the official statement by the Department of Defense (DoD), the President of the U.S, Joe Biden has authorized $820 million in additional security assistance for Ukraine.

Furthermore, this authorization includes a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $50 million and $770 million in Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds.

Capabilities in the package

The PDA authorization is the fourteenth drawdown of military equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.

According to the official statement, the package includes Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS).

The DoD under USAI will provide Ukraine with critical capabilities to defend against Russia’s aggression.

The package, therefore, includes two National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS), up to 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition. As well as four additional counter-artillery radars.

Furthermore, USAI is the authority under which the U.S procures capabilities from industry rather than developing equipment drawn down from DoD stocks.

Support for Ukraine

The U.S continues in working with its partners and allies with regard to providing Ukraine with capabilities during the Russian invasion.

So far, the U.S has committed nearly $7.6 billion in security assistance to Ukraine. Also, nearly $6.9 billion has been procured since the beginning of Russia’s invasion in February.

Various countries also continue supporting Ukraine and recently the U.S affirmed its support for Ukraine during the G7 summit.

The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy also urged the G7 to assist in ending the Russian invasion. President Zelenskyy also impelled the G7 to increase sanctions against Russia. In addition, he urged the NATO leaders to help them defend their homeland.