Ukraine will get additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems and ammunition for HIMARS systems as part of U.S. Department of Defense’s latest military aid package to the country.
This authorization is the Biden Administration's thirty-ninth drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021.
This security assistance package also contains artillery, anti-armor capabilities, and ammunition, including tens of millions of rounds of small arms ammunition, valued at up to $300 million to help Ukraine continue to defend its sovereign territory.
Ukraine will also receive AIM-7 anti-aircraft missiles with radar guidance for the first time, but the country does not possess any platform suitable for its launch. AIM-7 missiles could be fired from Spain-delivered Aspide missile system which uses this missile’s hand-launched version, the RIM-7.
Western media have reported that the Ukrainian defense industry was allegedly able to integrate AIM-7s with Buk air defense launchers.
The missile can shoot down targets at a maximum range of 19km and at an altitude of 8m to 15km.
The capabilities in the latest package include:
• Additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems;
• AIM-7 missiles for air defense;
• Avenger air defense systems;
• Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
• Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
• 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds;
• 105mm tank ammunition;
• Precision aerial munitions;
• Zuni aircraft rockets;
• Munitions for Unmanned Aerial Systems;
• AT-4 anti-armor systems;
• Over 30 million rounds of small arms ammunition;
• Mine clearing equipment and systems;
• Demolition munitions for obstacle clearing;
• Night vision devices;
• Spare parts, generators, and other field equipment.