A soldier conducts registration and calibration of the M777A2 howitzer weapon system in Syria in September. 30, 2021.
US Army Spc. Isaiah Scott US Army
WASHINGTON – From heavy artillery to tactical drones to armored vehicles, the United States has provided $ 5.6 billion in military aid to Ukraine since then. Russia invaded at the end of February.
The latest aid package of $ 1 billion, which is the 12th installment of the aidcomes as Russian forces intensify their battle in eastern and southern Ukraine.
The Pentagon said the latest tranche of weapons, announced Wednesday, was valued at $ 350 million. It includes 18,155 mm howitzers, 36,000 155 mm cartridges, 18 tactical vehicles for pulling 155 mm howitzers, ammunition for high-mobility artillery missile systems or HMARS, as well as four tactical vehicles for the recovery of equipment and spare parts.
The Pentagon will also provide two Harpoon coastal defense systems, thousands of secure radios and night vision devices and thermal devices, along with funding for training and maintenance. This aid is estimated at a total of $ 650 million.
Here’s a look at the weapons the United States has engaged in the battle so far.
US troops assigned to the 65th Field Artillery Brigade fire a high-mobility missile system (HIMARS) during a joint combat shooting exercise with Kuwait’s ground forces in January. 8, 2019, near Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
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Heavy artillery platforms are high on the wish lists of the Ukrainian army. To date, the Pentagon has transferred 126 155-mm artillery systems from US Army and Ukrainian Marine Corps supplies to Ukrainian forces.
Ukrainian troops will have to train with US forces before working on howitzers. The Pentagon said earlier that the training would take place outside Ukraine but close to the country.
Along with the howitzers, the United States fired approximately 260,000 artillery shells.
The Pentagon also uses highly mobile artillery missile systems or HMARS, manufactured by the defense giant. Lockheed Martin. HMARS are designed to launch various missiles from a mobile 5-ton truck.
The United States has also committed itself at least 700 Switchblade drones manufactured by a US based company AeroVironment. There are two variants of the weapon, Switchblade 300 and 600. It was not clear which version the United States has deployed in Ukraine.
Each Switchblade is designed to be a disposable drone or “kamikaze”.
Option 300 is designed to hit small targets. It can fit in a backpack, weighs just over 5 pounds and has a range of 10 miles. Version 600 of the weapon is designed to destroy tanks and other armored vehicles. It weighs just over 120 pounds and has a range of more than 40 miles.
Drone AeroVironment Switchblade 600
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The Pentagon also uses the Puma or UAS unmanned aerial system, as well as 121 tactical unmanned aerial systems called Phoenix Ghost drones.
In April, then-Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said the drones were “quickly developed by the Air Force in response, especially to Ukrainian demands.”
“It provides similar capabilities to the Switchblade series of unmanned systems, similar capabilities but not accurate. There are other differences in the scope of opportunities for Phoenix Ghosts, but I just won’t be able to go into more detail about their abilities right now, “Kirby said at the time. press briefing on April 21.
The drones were manufactured by Aevex Aerospace in Solana Beach, California, and are currently in the arsenal of the US Air Force. Once the drones are in the region, US troops will train Ukrainian forces on how to operate them.
U.S. Army soldiers assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, collide with an M113A2 armored vehicle during a training exercise for the detachment’s maneuvers in the Grafenvoer training area on January 1. 14, 2013
US Army Staff Sergeant Pablo Piedra US Army
The United States has provided hundreds of armored vehicles to Ukrainian forces, including 200 M113 armored vehicles and hundreds of armored high-powered multi-purpose wheeled vehicles.
The Pentagon has also deployed more than 100 tactical vehicles to tow 155-mm howitzers to the U.S. Army and Marines around the battlefield. The military also sent nearly 20 other tactical vehicles used to restore the equipment.
Russian military helicopters Mil Mi-17 and Mil Mi-24 fly over the northeastern Syrian city of Al-Malikiyahat, the border with Turkey, on June 3, 2020.
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The United States has agreed to send 20 Russian military Mi-17 helicopters. Some were once scheduled to join Afghanistan’s navy before the stunning Taliban took over.
Mi-17s are personal transport helicopters that can be armed with cannons and missiles to carry out attacks or close air support.
The U.S. military has also used 22 of the AN / TPQ-36’s highly mobile anti-artillery radars. This radar system is able to locate mortars, artillery and missiles in a short range. The Pentagon also sent four anti-mortar radars.
Four Raytheon The AN / MPQ-64 Sentinel air surveillance radars also took part in the battle in Ukraine. The Sentinel system is designed to warn air defense weapons on the front line when it sees enemy aircraft, helicopters, drones or missiles. The United States has also included electronic jamming equipment.
An American infantryman during a general exercise with combat shooting at the Al-Galail range in Qatar, in November. 14, 2018
Spc. Job Prevo US Army
Javelin portable armored weapons are also high on the list of the Ukrainian military. To date, the United States has transferred more than 6,500 Javelins, which are co-produced by defense giants. Lockheed Martin and Raytheonof the Ukrainian government.
In addition, the United States has provided more than 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine. It has also sent more than 20,000 portable anti-armor systems and other laser-guided missile systems.
US Army Pvt. Adam Eggers fires his M4 rifle at the Blessing camp in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, July 27, 2009.
US Army Spc. Evan Marcy US Army
The Pentagon has transferred more than 7,000 different types of small arms and 50 million rounds of ammunition to Ukraine.
The United States has also dedicated more than 1 million grenades, mortars and artillery shells.
Soldiers of Company A, 2nd Battalion, Royal English Regiment sort and pack some of the surplus 84,000 ballistic helmets that are sent to the Armed Forces and Emergency Services in Ukraine on March 31, 2022 in Donington, England.
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So far, the United States has sent more than 75,000 sets of body armor and helmets to Ukrainian forces, according to data provided by the Pentagon.
In addition, the United States has equipped Ukrainian troops with thousands of night-vision devices, thermal imaging systems and other forms of militarized optics.
The United States has also included medical supplies and equipment used to assist in combat evacuation. In addition, hundreds of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense equipment have also left US stockpiles for Ukraine.