We have already written many times that “ammunition hunger” and problems with the production of rounds of all calibers is one of the urgent problems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Therefore, it is not surprising that the lion’s share of one of the largest military aid packages from the US, which The Pentagon announced on April 4, 2023, is ammunition.
The package is divided into two parts. The first, worth $500 million, is the thirty-fifth presidential withdrawal of equipment and weapons from the warehouses of the US Ministry of Defense. The second, in the amount of $2.1 billion, is another package of military aid under the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI).
The first part of the package includes:
- additional munitions for Patriot air defense systems;
- additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
- 155mm and 105mm artillery rounds;
- 120mm mortar rounds;
- 120mm and 105mm tank ammunition;
- 25mm ammunition;
- Tube-Launched, Optically-Tracked, Wire-Guided (TOW) missiles;
- pproximately 400 grenade launchers and 200,000 rounds of ammunition;
- 11 tactical vehicles to recover equipment;
- 61 heavy fuel tankers;
- 10 trucks and 10 trailers for transporting heavy equipment;
- testing and diagnostic equipment to support vehicle maintenance and repair;
- spare parts and other field equipment.
As for the second part of the aid package, it includes:
- additional munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS);
- 9 counter-Unmanned Aerial System 30mm gun trucks;
- 10 mobile c-UAS laser-guided rocket systems;
- three air surveillance radars;
- 30 and 23 mm anti-aircraft ammunition;
- artillery projectiles of caliber 130 and 122 mm;
- 122mm GRAD rockets;
- rocket launchers and ammunition;
- 120mm and 81mm mortar systems;
- 120, 81 and 60 mm caliber mortar rounds;
- 120mm tank ammunition;
- FGM-148 Javelin ATGM;
- anti-armor rockets;
- precision aerial munitions;
- approximately 3,600 small arms and more than 23,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;
- 7 tactical vehicles to recover equipment;
- 8 heavy fuel tankers and 105 fuel trailers;
- armoured bridging systems;
- 4 logistics support vehicles;
- trucks and ten trailers to transport heavy equipment;
- secure communications equipment;
- SATCOM terminals and service package for them;
- funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.
As you can see, this time the Pentagon is not disclosing the exact number of rounds, missiles and many other items on the list, but considering the monthly spending of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the possible offensive that everyone is waiting for, there must be a LOT of rounds.
Anyway, thank you very much, USA.