A soldier performs registration and calibration for the M777A2 howitzers weapon system in Syria, September 30, 2021.
US Army Spc. Isaiah Scott | U.S. Army
WASHINGTON – From heavy artillery to tactical drones to armored vehicles, the United States has supplied $ 3.4 billion worth of weapons to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion two months ago.
The latest $ 800 million military aid package, the eighth installment of aid, comes after eight weeks of war and as Russian forces prepare for a renewed battle in eastern and southern Ukraine.
Here’s a look at the weapons the United States has committed to the fight so far.
AeroVironment Switchblade 600 Drone
Included in the latest security package are 121 tactical unmanned aerial systems called “Phoenix Ghost” drones.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday that the drones were “rapidly developed by the air force, in response, specifically to Ukrainian demands.”
“It provides similar capabilities as the Switchblade series of unmanned systems, similar capabilities but not accurate. There are other differences in the scope of capabilities of the Phoenix Ghosts, but I just will not be able to get into them further. capabilities right now, “Kirby said.
The drones are manufactured by Aevex Aerospace in Solana Beach, California, and are currently in the US Air Force’s arsenal. Once the drones are in the region, U.S. troops will have to train Ukrainian forces in how to operate them, Kirby told reporters during a daily press briefing. He did not provide a timeline for when the drones would arrive in the region.
The United States has also committed at least 300 Switchblade drones manufactured by the US-based company AeroVironment. There are two variants of the weapon, the Switchblade 300 and the 600. It was not immediately clear which version the United States was sending to Ukraine.
Each Switchblade is designed to be a disposable or a “kamikaze” drone.
The 300 variant is designed to hit small targets. It can fit in a backpack, weighs just over 5 pounds and has a range of 10 miles. The 600 version of the weapon is designed to destroy tanks and other armored vehicles. It weighs a little over 120 pounds and has a range of more than 40 miles.
Armored and tactical vehicles
US Army Soldiers, assigned to the Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, attack a target from an M113A2 armored vehicle during team maneuver training in the Grafenwoehr Training Area on 14 January 2013.
U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Pablo Piedra | U.S. Army
The United States has committed hundreds of armored vehicles for Ukrainian forces, including 200 M113 armored vehicles and 100 armored high-mobility multifunctional wheeled vehicles.
The U.S. military has also allocated at least 72 tactical vehicles for the purpose of towing US Army and US Marine Corps 155 mm howitzers around the battlefield.
U.S. Marines with Alpha Battery, Battalion Landing Team 1st Bn., 4th Marines, fire their M777 lightweight 155mm Howitzer during Exercise Alligator Dagger in Arta Beach, Djibouti, 18 December.
US Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachery C. Laning | US Marine Corps
The last two US arms packages to Ukraine have included a total of 90 howitzers artillery systems. These are the first known heavy artillery platforms to be transferred from US Army and US Marine Corps warehouses to Ukrainian forces.
The Pentagon confirmed that Ukrainian forces will have to train alongside US troops before operating the howitzers. The Pentagon said earlier this week that training had already begun and was taking place outside Ukraine, but in the region.
Along with the howitzers, the United States has sent approximately 184,000 rounds of artillery.
Missiles and other anti-tank systems
US Army Spc. Colton Davis, an infantryman affiliated with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 198th Panzer Regiment, 155th Panzer Brigade Combat, Mississippi Army National Guard, fires a Javelin shoulder-fired anti-tank missile during a combined weapons exercise with live fire as part of Eastern Action exercise 2019 at the Al-Ghalail Range in Qatar, November 14, 2018.
Spc. Jovi Prevot | U.S. Army
High on the wish list of the Ukrainian forces are Javelin portable anti-tank weapons. To date, the United States has transferred nearly 6,000 spears, co-produced by defense giants Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, to the Ukrainian government.
In addition, the United States has committed nearly 2,000 Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine, 6,000 portable AT-4 anti-tank systems, and other laser-guided missile systems.
Planes and radars
Russian Mil Mi-17 and Mil Mi-24 military helicopters will fly over the northeastern Syrian city of al-Malikiyahat border with Turkey on June 3, 2020.
Delil Souleiman | AFP | Getty Images
The United States has agreed to send at least 11 Mi-17 Russian military helicopters that were once intended to join Afghanistan’s military fleet before the stunning Taliban takeover.
The Mi-17s are personnel transport helicopters that can be armed with cannons and rockets to carry out attacks or close air support rollers.
The US military has also committed 10 of the highly mobile AN / TPQ-36 counter-artillery radars. This radar system is capable of locating mortars, artillery and rockets within a short range.
Two Raytheon AN / MPQ-64 Sentinel air surveillance radars have also joined the fight in Ukraine. The Sentinel system is designed to warn frontline air defense weapons when it catches a glimpse of enemy aircraft, helicopters, drones or missiles.
Weapons and ammunition
US Army Pvt. Adam Eggers shoots his M4 rifle at a live fire at Camp Blessing in Kunar province, Afghanistan, on July 27, 2009.
US Army Spc. Evan Marcy | U.S. Army
The Pentagon has sent nearly 40 million cartridges with small arms ammunition and more than 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns and 400 shotguns to Ukraine.
The United States has also dedicated more than 1 million grenades, mortars and artillery rounds.
Soldiers from A Company, 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment sort and pack some of the excess 84,000 ballistic helmets to be sent to armed forces and relief workers in Ukraine on 31 March 2022 in Donnington, England.
Christopher Furlong | Getty Images News | Getty Images
To date, the United States has sent more than 30,000 sets of armor and helmets to Ukrainian forces, according to figures provided by the Pentagon.
In addition, the United States has also equipped Ukrainian troops with night-vision devices, thermal imaging systems, and other forms of militarized optics.
The United States has also included medical supplies as well as equipment used to help combat evacuation. In addition, hundreds of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear protection equipment have also left US warehouses in Ukraine.