The US Defense Department stated on December 21, 2022, that Ukraine would receive $1.85 billion in further security support, including a Patriot air defense battery and weapons. The journalists were briefed at the Pentagon by a senior Defense Department official and a senior U.S. military officer.
The most cutting-edge air defense system in the world, Patriot, will offer Ukraine a crucial long-range capability to defend its airspace. It has the ability to intercept aircraft, ballistic missiles, and cruise missiles. Setting the Patriot batteries in its proper perspective is crucial. There is yet no magic answer for air defense. Our objective is to assist Ukraine in fortifying a multi-layered, comprehensive air defense strategy. The senior DOD source stated that Patriot will complement a variety of medium- and short-range air defense systems that we and our allies have delivered in previous donation packages.
US DOD reports that Patriot will add to Ukraine’s air defense systems, which have been given by the U.S. and its allies in recent months.
Because the Patriot is a sophisticated air defense system, training will be necessary and will take some time.
Today, I’m announcing the next tranche of security assistance to Ukraine:
A $1.85 billion package that includes equipment and ammunition contracts. And a Patriot missile battery that we will train forces to operate as part of our efforts to strengthen Ukrainian air defense.
— President Biden (@POTUS) December 21, 2022
Security Assistance Package
With today’s security aid announcement, the president will have access to up to $1 billion in security help, and the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative will provide $850 million in assistance.
The government has authorized the president to remove equipment from DOD stocks for Ukraine 28 times since August 2021. One of the things being removed is the Patriot battery.
This package’s capabilities include:
- Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems;
- 500 precision-guided 155 mm artillery rounds;
- High-speed anti-radiation missiles;
- Precision aerial munitions;
- 10 120 mm mortar systems and 10,000 120 mm mortar rounds;
- 10 82 mm mortar systems;
- 10 60 mm mortar systems;
- 37 Cougar Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles;
- 120 High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles;
- Six armored utility trucks;
- 2,700 grenade launchers and small arms;
- Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
- Demolition munitions and equipment;
- Tactical secure communications systems;
- Body armor and other field equipment.
- Night vision devices and optics;
The DOD will additionally offer the following to Ukraine under USAI:
- 45,000 152 mm artillery rounds;
- 50,000 122 mm GRAD rockets;
- 20,000 122 mm artillery rounds;
- 100,000 rounds of 125 mm tank ammunition;
- Satellite communications terminals and services;
- Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.
The Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, in contrast to the presidential drawdown, is a power that allows the United States to acquire capabilities from industry rather than giving equipment that is taken out of DOD stocks. This announcement represents the beginning of a contracting process to provide additional capabilities to Ukraine’s armed forces. This statement marks the start of a procurement procedure to give Ukraine’s armed forces more capabilities.
The Patriot system will improve Ukraine’s current air defense capabilities that were delivered by the United States.
According to a US DOD press release, the US will keep working with its allies and partners to give Ukraine essential capabilities in order to meet Ukraine’s changing combat needs.
*Cover image: Doc. U.S. Patriot missile batteries from the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment stand ready at sunset in Poland on April 10, 2022. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Smith)