DOD Unveils $425M in Ukraine Aid as Congress Debates Spending Plan
November 6, 2023
Aviation Week Network
NASAMS Credit: Norwegian Defense Ministry
By Brian Everstine, Aviation Week Network / November 3, 2023
The U.S. is surging more air defenses to Ukraine in its latest round of military aid as the Pentagon’s allocated funding for the effort is dropping and the two chambers of Congress can’t yet agree on how to proceed.
The Pentagon on Nov. 3 announced another $425 million in aid, with $125 million in equipment being drawn down from existing stockpiles and $300 million going to new contracts. The drawdown includes additional munitions for National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS), which are a critical part of Ukraine’s layered air defense system.
Other equipment includes additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, 155m and 105mm artillery rounds, anti-armor missiles and other equipment.
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