US announces $2 bn aid package for Ukraine, including drones, ammunition, electronic warfare

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On 24 February, the Pentagon announced a new $2 billion security assistance package for Ukraine. The package includes more ammunition and a variety of small drones.

The package includes HIMARS and artillery ammunition, electronic warfare equipment, surveillance drones CyberLux K8, Altius-600, Jump 20, loitering missiles Switchblade 600, and other equipment.

According to the Pentagon’s statement, capabilities in this security assistance package include the following:

  • Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS);
  • Additional 155mm artillery rounds;
  • Munitions for laser-guided rocket systems;
  • CyberLux K8 UAS;
  • Switchblade 600 UAS;
  • Altius-600 UAS;
  • Jump 20 UAS;
  • Counter-UAS and electronic warfare detection equipment;
  • Mine clearing equipment;
  • Secure communications support equipment;
  • Funding for training, maintenance, and sustainment.

The announcement comes on the first anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, days after US President Joe Biden’s surprise visit to Kyiv, where he announced the upcoming aid package.

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