American M777 howitzers were sent to Ukraine as part of security assistance Biden announces delivery of new arms package for Ukraine
New $600 million security aid package
According to a memo sent Thursday from the White House to the State Department, President Joe Biden announced the transfer of a new $600 million weapons package to help the Ukrainian military fight Russia.
Biden authorized the assistance using his presidential spending-cutting authority, which allows the head of state to authorize the transfer of surplus weapons from the Pentagon's stockpile.
The memo did not specify how the money would be used, but several sources told Reuters that the package included HIMARS highly mobile artillery rocket systems. Two sources said that howitzer ammunition would also be included in the package.
The memo also mentions that the money will be used for military education and training.
According to the Pentagon, the new weapons package includes:
– Additional ammunition for highly mobile HIMARS artillery missile systems;
– 36,000 105 mm artillery shells;
– 1,000 precision artillery shells 155 mm shells;
– Four anti-artillery radars;
– Four trucks and eight trailers for transporting heavy equipment;
– Means of counteracting unmanned air systems
– Mine detection equipment;
– Claymore anti-personnel ammunition;
– Demolition equipment
– Small arms and ammunition;
– Night vision devices, winter uniforms and other field equipment.
Since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Washington has sent assistance to Kyiv in the SF about $15.1 billion in security.