New US Military Aid Package for Ukraine Includes NASAMS Missiles and Anti-Tank Weapons

Washington, United States, December 28, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) announced on December 27, 2023, the Biden Administration's latest security assistance for Ukraine. This marks the fifty-fourth tranche of defense equipment allocated from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021. The new U.S. military aid package includes NASAMS missiles, anti-tank weapons, and small arms ammunition.
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An airman attached to the 436th Aerial Port Squadron loads cargo during a Ukraine security assistance mission at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Jan. 13, 2023. (Picture source U.S. DoD)

The latest assistance package, valued at up to $250 million, is part of the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA) authorized in previous fiscal years. It includes a comprehensive range of military capabilities designed to meet Ukraine's immediate defense needs and strengthen its ability to maintain sovereignty and independence.

Key components of this assistance include additional munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS), Stinger anti-aircraft missiles, vital air defense system components, and more ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS). The package also provides 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds, Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles, Javelin and AT-4 anti-armor systems, over 15 million rounds of small arms ammunition, demolitions munitions for obstacle clearing, along with spare parts, medical equipment, and maintenance support.

This robust support package reflects the U.S.'s commitment to Ukrainian defense and its determination to deter further Russian aggression. The aid will enhance Ukraine's capabilities to protect its sovereignty and independence effectively.

U.S. officials emphasize that supporting Ukraine is not only a strategic defense move but also an investment in global stability and American national security. The assistance deters potential aggression in other parts of the world, bolsters the U.S. defense industrial base, and creates skilled jobs domestically.

As the conflict continues, U.S. leadership remains crucial in maintaining and strengthening the coalition of around 50 allies and partners currently backing Ukraine. The Biden Administration urges Congress to act swiftly on the President's national security supplemental request in the new year. This action is imperative to ensure uninterrupted U.S. support for Ukraine, enabling the nation to defend itself against ongoing Russian attacks and to consolidate and expand its battlefield gains.

Defense News December 2023