US announces $400 mln weapons package for Ukraine, including Phoenix Ghost drones

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The Pentagon announced on Friday a new $400 million weapons package for Ukraine, which will include Phoenix Ghost drones and Hawk air defenses.

A statement from the Pentagon said the newest package will be provided Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which means the weapons will come from industry as opposed to US defense stockpiles.

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“This announcement represents the beginning of a contracting process to provide additional priority capabilities to Ukraine,” the statement read.

“This USAI package underscores the continued US commitment to supporting Ukraine by meeting their most urgent needs, while also building the capacity of Ukraine’s Armed Forces to defend its sovereignty over the long term.”

The US said the latest package will include:

  • Funding to refurbish HAWK air defense missiles
  • 45 Refurbished T-72B Tanks
  • 1,100 Phoenix Ghost drones
  • 40 Armored Riverine Boats
  • Funding to refurbish 250 M1117 Armored Security Vehicles

The US has now committed more than $18.2 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s invasion on February 24.

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