US sends more HIMARS and Excalibur precision guided ammunition to Ukraine in USD 625 Mn package

The U.S. Defense Department on October 4 announced an additional $625 million in security assistance headed to Ukraine as part of the 22nd round of presidential drawdown authority, C. Todd Lopez reports. The equipment in the new package is specifically tailored to what Ukraine needs in the short term, and Ukraine continues to use what has been provided by the United States to great effect, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia said.
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Among the new package of weaponry to be delivered to the Ukrainian army by the U.S. government are 16 M119A1/A2 105mm howitzers (Picture source: U.S. Marine Corps)

"Ukraine has demonstrated the ability to use these capabilities to degrade Russian logistics and command and control, creating opportunities for Ukraine to maneuver and to advance," said Laura Cooper. "This has created, as said recently, a change in battlefield dynamics."

As written by C. Todd Lopêz, from the U.S. DoD, Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday, September 30, signed "accession treaties" illegally claiming that the Ukrainian territories of Donetsk, Kherson, Luhansk and Zaporizhzhia are now part of Russia. However, Ukrainian efforts on the ground, using equipment provided by both the U.S. and allies, demonstrate a different reality, Cooper said: "The Ukrainian armed forces continue to reclaim territory and to consolidate their gains," Cooper said. "The liberation of Lyman was a significant operational accomplishment, and Ukrainian forces continued to make deliberate progress in the Kharkiv region, and also further south around Kherson. Ukrainian counter-offensive in Kherson has made significant advances over the last 24 hours, and Ukrainian forces continue to liberate villages as they press forward."

Included in the latest package are four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, also called HIMARS, and associated munitions; 16 M777 155 mm Howitzers; 75,000 artillery rounds for the Howitzers, as well as 500 M982 Excalibur precision-guided rounds; 1,000 155 mm rounds of remote anti-armor mine systems; 16 105 mm Howitzers; 30,000 120 mm mortar rounds; 200 MaxxPro mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, or MRAPs; 200,000 rounds of small arms ammunition; obstacle emplacement equipment and Claymore anti-personnel munitions.

The entire package, said Cooper, was developed in conjunction with the Ukrainians, based on what they need: "These are capabilities that the Ukrainians have received previously, and have requested additional capabilities," Cooper said. "And it also responds to, in terms of ... the volume of ammunition that they need on the battlefield today. We're looking very closely at their consumption rates for ammunition to make sure that they have what they need for the counter-offensive."

Warfighting materiel provided under presidential drawdown authority, or PDA, is pulled directly from U.S. military stocks. The U.S. has also provided support to Ukraine through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. Under USAI, the U.S. purchases materiel directly from defense contractors, and that material must be manufactured first before being sent overseas.

The U.S. has committed more than $16.8 billion to Ukraine since the beginning of Russia's February 24, 2022 invasion, and Cooper said more will come. "The United States will continue to provide Ukraine with the weapons and equipment to meet its urgent needs on the battlefield, while also building Ukraine's enduring strength to defend its sovereignty over the long term," Cooper said. "The United States will continue to consult closely with Ukraine to meet its evolving battlefield requirements, in coordination with our allies and partners, to provide Ukraine with the capabilities it needs."

Official message from the U.S. Department of Defense

$625 Million in Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine
OCT. 4, 2022

Today, the Department of Defense (DoD) announces the authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $625 million to meet Ukraine's critical security and defense needs. This authorization is the Biden Administration's twenty-second drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.

Capabilities in this package include:
• 4 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and associated ammunition;
• 16 155mm Howitzers;
• 75,000 155mm artillery rounds;
• 500 Excalibur precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds;
• 1,000 155mm rounds of Remote Anti-Armor Mine (RAAM) Systems;
• 16 105mm Howitzers;
• 30,000 120mm mortar rounds;
• 200 MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles;
• 200,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;
• Obstacle emplacement equipment;
• Claymore anti-personnel munitions.

In total, the United States has committed more than $17.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since January 2021. Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $19.6 billion in security assistance to Ukraine and more than $16.8 billion since the beginning of Russia's unprovoked and brutal invasion on February 24.

To meet Ukraine's evolving battlefield requirements, the United States will continue to work with its Allies and partners to provide Ukraine with key capabilities.