White House announces new HIMARS systems for Ukraine
The Biden administration is preparing to announce the approval of a new package of security assistance to Ukraine which will include additional HIMARS multiple rocket launcher systems.
“We will continue to provide Ukraine with a historic level of security assistance. Later this week, the administration will announce the next Presidential Drawdown package of weapons and equipment for Ukraine,” John Kirby, the US National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications, said at a briefing on Tuesday, an Ukrinform correspondent reported.
He clarified that this package would include “more HIMARS, which the Ukrainians have been using very effectively to make a difference on the battlefield.” In addition, ammunition rounds for HIMARS and artillery ammunition will be sent to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
As reported, the US Presidential Drawdown provides for the transfer of weapons and equipment to foreign countries, which can be immediately withdrawn from the Pentagon’s stockpiles. In addition, there are other military support programs for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, including the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), which aims to purchase new weapons from manufacturers.