As part of its latest $400 million defense aid, the Pentagon stated Friday that it will provide the Armed Forces of Ukraine with more combat capabilities for use on land, air, and sea.
According to a news statement released by the Department of Defense, Ukrainian forces are anticipated to acquire 40 armored patrol boats and 45 repaired tanks as part of the most recent military rescue package. According to the press release, the Pentagon would also provide Ukraine with 1,100 explosive drones identified as Phoenix Ghost Tactical Unmanned Drone Systems.
According to the US Naval Institute News, the Pentagon already provided Ukraine with 18 armored patrol boats identified as riverine boats in June.
Russian forces hit a Ukrainian armored patrol boat with the use of a drone along the Dnieper River on the same day the DOD revealed the newest package, which included 40 riverine warships, according to Naval News.
According to Breaking Defense, the rebuilt tanks that the US is providing to Ukraine are of Soviet provenance, and the allocation operations are being coordinated with the governments of the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. The Soviet tanks are known as T-72Bs.
The tanks will be modified, despite their age, with “modern optical, communications, and armor systems,” according to the DOD.
The Netherlands, another NATO member, is footing the tab for transferring an extra 45 of the upgraded tanks from the Czech Republic to Ukraine, according to the statement.
The governments of the Netherlands, the United States, and the Czech Republic have reached an agreement to ensure that Ukraine receives the upgraded T-72Bs. According to Breaking Defense, the trilateral tank allocation plan is worth $90 million.
According to the Department of Defense, the United States has contributed more than $18.9 billion in defense assistance to the eastern European country since President Joe Biden took office.
A senior member in the Zekenskyy administration used Twitter to praise President Biden for the recent military package.