US President Joe Biden last night ordered the transfer of 800 Stinger anti-aircraft systems, 2,000 Javelin anti-tank guided missiles, 1,000 light anti-armor weapons and 6,000 AT-4 anti-armor systems.
This brings the total of new U.S. security assistance to Ukraine to $1 billion just this week. The latest package is made up of direct transfers of equipment from DOD to the Ukrainian military, a US DoD release said.
The package will also include 100 Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems “which demonstrates our commitment to sending our most cutting-edge systems to Ukraine for its defense,” President Biden was quoted as saying in the release.
In addition, the United States is working with allies to identify and transfer longer range anti-aircraft systems to Ukraine, the president said.
DOD will also transfer 100 grenade launchers, 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns and 400 shotguns to Ukrainian forces along with more than 20 million rounds of small arms ammunition and grenade launcher and mortar rounds.
The package also includes 25,000 sets of body armor and 25,000 helmets.
A concern is that of US-weapons falling into the hands of Russians who have made it a policy to hand over foreign-made weapons to rebels in Donetsk and Luhansk who are fighting the Ukrainian Army.