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USA announces new defence aid package worth $400m

USA announces new defence aid package worth $400m
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US President Joe Biden has delegated Secretary of State Antony Blinken the authority to direct the drawdown of up to $400 million in defense articles and services of the Department of Defense, and military education and training, to provide assistance to Ukraine, according to the White House website.

The Department of Defense specified that capabilities in this package include:

• Additional munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS);

• 150 heavy machine guns with thermal imagery sights to counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS);

• Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);

• 200 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds;

• 10,000 120mm mortar rounds;

• High-speed Anti-radiation missiles (HARMs);

• 150 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWVs);

• Over 100 light tactical vehicles;

• Over 20,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;

• Over 200 generators;

• Spare parts for 105mm Howitzers and other equipment.

With Russia's unrelenting and brutal missile and UAS attacks on Ukrainian critical energy infrastructure, additional air defense capabilities remain an urgent priority. The additional munitions for NASAMS and heavy machine guns will help Ukraine counter these urgent threats.

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