The U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also said that Germany “will provide Ukraine with three multiple rocket launchers and guided munitions.”
The new package of U.S. military assistance to Ukraine includes two Harpoon anti-ship missile systems, 18 M777 howitzers, 36 thousand 155 mm shells. This was stated on Wednesday by U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin following a meeting in Brussels of the contact group created by Western countries to provide military assistance to Kyiv.
“And I am especially pleased to announce today that the United States will provide Ukraine with an additional security assistance package in the amount of $1 billion <…>, which includes guided munitions for MLRS, 18 more M777 howitzers and tactical vehicles for towing them, as well as 36 thousand 155 mm shells. This package also includes $650 million in the framework of the initiative to promote the security of Ukraine, which will help Ukraine protect itself with the help of two additional coastal defense systems “Harpoon” and thousands of radio stations for classified communications, night vision devices, thermal imaging systems and other optical devices,” the Pentagon chief said.
He added that Germany “will provide Ukraine with three multiple rocket launchers and guided munitions” for them. “We are working shoulder to shoulder with the UK, and now with Germany, developing Ukraine’s capabilities in the field of long-range fire damage. These efforts are also based on our transfer of HIMARS complexes mounted on a wheeled chassis to Kyiv. Let me also thank Slovakia, which has announced a significant donation of Mi-series helicopters and much-needed missile ammunition. And we also discussed important new transfers of artillery from many countries, including Canada, Poland and the Netherlands,” the minister added.
According to him, a number of countries have made new commitments on ways to strengthen medium- and long-term support for the Armed Forces through the training of personnel and logistics. “We also held a number of important consultations on how to strengthen our medium- and long-term support to Ukraine through training and logistics. <…> Other friends have taken on new commitments to train Ukrainian troops and ensure the functioning of their military systems,” the Pentagon chief said.