The Biden administration has announced a $3.8bn security assistance package for Ukraine and European allies, the largest package since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine began over a year ago. This brings the total commitment to Ukraine's fight to $24.9bn since the beginning of the Biden administration.
The assistance includes $2.9bn in weapons for Ukraine and $225m in long-term financing to support the country's military. The package also includes $682m in foreign military financing to rebuild the arsenals of European allies. The weapons package includes Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, artillery systems, armored personnel carriers, surface-to-air missiles, and ammunition.
New to this aid package are 50 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles, armored tracked vehicles manufactured by US defense firm BAE Systems. These vehicles are typically equipped with a rotating turret, mounted 25mm gun, and TOW anti-tank missiles.
The US will provide 500 TOW anti-tank missiles and 250,000 rounds of ammunition for use with the Bradleys. It will take "some time" for the vehicles to reach Ukraine, according to US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby, who added that "it's not going to take very long" for Ukrainian forces to learn how to use them when US troops train them in a location outside of Ukraine.
The assistance package also includes 100 M113 Armored Personnel Carriers, 55 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles, 138 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles, 18 155mm self-propelled Howitzers, and 18 ammunition support vehicles. It also includes 70,000 155mm artillery rounds, 500 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds, 1,200 155mm rounds of Remote Anti-Armor Mine Systems, 36 105mm towed Howitzers, and 95,000 105mm artillery rounds.
In addition, the package includes 10,000 120mm mortar rounds, approximately 2,000 anti-armor rockets, additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, RIM-7 missiles for air defense, and 4,000 Zuni aircraft rockets. The package also includes sniper rifles, machine guns, ammunition for grenade launchers, and small arms, as well as night vision devices, spare parts, and other field equipment.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy thanked President Joe Biden for the "very powerful" security package during a video message on his official Telegram channel. "Today a new one was announced, and a very powerful one! A package of American defense support for our country. For the first time, we will receive armored vehicles Bradleys, this is exactly what is needed," Zelenskyy said.