The United States is providing 18 patrol boats, four HIMARS systems, tens of thousands of artillery munitions and numerous other weapons and equipment as part of a $450 million security assistance program announced earlier this week.
“On Thursday, the United States pledged $450 million in security assistance through the Presidential Withdrawal Authority – the 13th such expenditure this year. This package included 18 coastal and river patrol boats,” the US Department of Defense said. reported Friday.
In particular, two 35ft small unit river craft, six 40ft sea combat craft and ten 34ft Dauntless Sea Ark patrol craft will be dispatched.
“They largely serve to protect the waterways and allow Ukraine to retain control over the waterways. They can also be used in near coastal areas,” a senior defense official said during the briefing. a briefing today at the Pentagon.
In addition to coastal and river patrol boats, the Presidential Withdrawal Authority’s latest security assistance program to Ukraine includes four High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, or HIMARS; 36,000 rounds of 105mm; 18 tactical vehicles with which to move the 155 mm artillery; 1,200 Mk 19 grenade launchers; and 2,000 machine guns.
“Obviously with each of these packages, we [also] provide lots of spare parts,” the official said.
He also pointed out that Ukraine has not only the assistance of the United States, but also of nearly 50 member countries of the Contact Group for the Defense of Ukraine.
As noted, the White House on Thursday formally announced a new $450 security assistance package for Ukraine.