DSCA – Aid Package to Ukraine Includes T-72B Tanks

Today, the Defense Department announced approximately $400 million in additional security assistance for Ukraine under the Ukraine security assistance initiative.

This USAI package includes:

  • Funding to refurbish HAWK air defense missiles for inclusion in future presidential drawdown packages;
  • 45 refurbished T-72B tanks with advanced optics, communications and armor packages;
  • 1,100 Phoenix Ghost tactical unmanned aerial systems;
  • 40 armored riverine boats;
  • Funding to refurbish 250 M-1117 armored security vehicles;
  • Tactical secure communications systems and surveillance systems; and
  • Funding for training, maintenance and sustainment.

Unlike presidential drawdown authority, which the department uses to deliver equipment to Ukraine from DOD stocks, USAI is an authority under which the United States procures capabilities directly from industry.

POLAND (Oct. 27, 2022) A British A-330 tanker, attached to the Multi-National Multi-Role Tanking Squadron, performs an aerial refueling of an F/A-18F Super Hornet, attached to Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 103, following strike training during the NATO-led vigilance activity Neptune Strike 22.2 (NEST 22.2), Oct. 27, 2022. NEST 22.2 is the natural evolution of NATO’s ability to integrate the high-end maritime warfare capabilities of a carrier strike group to support the defense of the alliance in Europe. (U.S. Navy photo)

Deputy Pentagon Press Secretary Sabrina Singh, who held a press briefing today, said overhauled T-72B tanks included in this USAI package are part of a trilateral, coordinated effort with the Netherlands and Czech Republic.

This trilateral project is a direct outcome of cooperation forged through six meetings of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, the Aug. 11 Copenhagen Ukraine Donors Conference, and the Sept. 28 National Armaments Directors meeting, according to a DOD press release.

U.S. Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division (3-1 ABCT) operationally controlled by the 1st Infantry Division (1 ID) alongside Polish soldiers assigned to the 5th Mazovian Brigade of Territorial Defense Force advance up a stairwell during a NATO Urban Tactical Operations exercise in Komorowo, Poland, Oct. 26, 2022. The 3-1 ABCT is among other units assigned to the 1 ID, proudly working alongside NATO allies and regional security partners to provide combat-credible forces to V Corps, America’s forward deployed corps in Europe. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew A. Foster)

Some of the tanks will be available to Ukraine before the end of December, with additional deliveries to be completed by next year, according to the press release.

“The United States remains committed to supporting Ukraine’s near-term needs on the battlefield, and its long-term requirements to deter and defend against future Russian aggression,” Singh said.

Original article by David Vergun, DOD News, can be viewed HERE