The U.S. will provide Ukraine with an additional $1.1 billion in aid. According to U.S. officials, some 18 more advanced missile systems and other anti-drone weapons will be financed, the AP reported.
The latest aid package comes as part of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, which funds contracts to buy weapons and equipment. Since the Biden administration took office, total U.S. aid to Ukraine has reached nearly $17 billion. Officials provided details of the package on condition of anonymity because they have not yet been made public.
Because the funding is for arms and equipment contracts, it is intended to help Ukraine meet its long-term defense needs. It may take Ukraine a year or two to get the systems. The U.S. used the Pentagon's military drawdown authority to provide weapons more immediately, and another aid announcement from the Defense Department is expected early next week.
The package includes funding for 18 Highly Mobile Artillery Missile Systems (HIMARS) and ammunition, as well as 12 Titan systems that are used to fight drones. Officials said HIMARS and other such systems have played a key role in Ukraine's combat successes in recent weeks.
Also included in the package is funding for about 300 vehicles, dozens of trucks and trailers to carry heavy equipment, various radars, communications and surveillance equipment, and other equipment for soldiers. There will also be funding for explosive detection equipment, maintenance and training.