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The Pentagon has announced a new arms package for Ukraine worth $1.3 billion. As part of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative program, the USA will purchase, among others: four additional NASAMS air defense systems, artillery ammunition for post-Soviet guns and Phoenix Ghost and Switchblade kamikaze drones.

“This USAI package demonstrates the U.S. commitment to meeting Ukraine’s urgent needs by delivering key capabilities in the short term while building a sustainable capability for the Ukrainian Armed Forces to defend its territory and deter Russian aggression in the medium to long term,” the ministry said in a statement.

The list of equipment that the US will purchase for the Ukrainian army includes: additional four NASAMS air defense systems (in addition to the eight promised so far), 152 mm artillery ammunition used in Russian and Soviet-made guns, mine clearance equipment, TOW anti-tank missiles, Phoenix Ghost and Switchblade loitering munitions, precision aircraft missiles, anti-drone systems, 175 technical vehicles and communication equipment.

Due to the mode used for this tranche, involving the acquisition of armaments from manufacturers and other countries, the delivery time of some equipment units may be long – this applies primarily to NASAMS.

Together with the new package, the total value of military equipment transferred and promised by the US to Ukraine is USD 42.6 billion.

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