A soldier performs registration and calibration of the M777A2 howitzer weapon system in Syria, on September 30, 2021.
US Army Specialist Isaiah Scott | US Army
WASHINGTON — From heavy artillery to tactical drones to armored vehicles, the United States has provided $3.4 billion in weapons to Ukraine since Russia’s invasion two months ago.
The latest $800 million military aid package, which is the eighth installment of the aidIt comes after eight weeks of war and as Russian forces prepare for renewed fighting in eastern and southern Ukraine.
Here’s a look at the weapons the US has committed to the fight so far.
AeroVironment Switchblade 600 Drone
Included in the latest security package are 121 tactical unmanned aerial systems called “Phoenix Ghost” drones.
Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Thursday that the drones were “rapidly developed by the Air Force, in response, specifically to Ukraine’s requirements.”
“It provides similar capabilities to the Switchblade series of unmanned systems, similar capabilities but not exact. There are other differences in the scope of the ability of the Phoenix Ghosts, but I’m not going to be able to go into more detail on that.” capabilities right now,” Kirby said.
The drones are manufactured by Aevex Aerospace in Solana Beach, California, and are currently in the US Air Force arsenal. Once the drones are in the region, US troops will need to train Ukrainian forces on how to operate them, Kirby told reporters during a daily news briefing. He did not provide a timetable for when the drones would arrive in the region.
The United States has also committed at least 300 Switchblade drones made by a US based company aero environment. There are two variants of the weapon, the Switchblade 300 and the 600. It was not immediately clear which version the United States deployed in Ukraine.
Each Switchblade is designed to be a single-use or “kamikaze” drone.
The 300 variant is designed to engage small targets. It can fit in a backpack, weighs just over 5 pounds, and has a range of 10 miles. The 600 version of the weapon is designed to destroy tanks and other armored vehicles. It weighs just over 120 pounds and has a range of over 40 miles.
U.S. Army Soldiers, assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, engage a target from an M113A2 armored vehicle during squad maneuver training at the U.S. Army Training Area Grafenwoehr on January 14, 2013.
US Army Staff Sergeant Pablo Piedra | US Army
The United States has committed hundreds of armored vehicles to Ukrainian forces, including 200 M113 armored personnel carriers and 100 high-mobility multipurpose wheeled armored vehicles.
The US military has also assigned at least 72 tactical vehicles to tow US Army and US Marine Corps 155mm howitzers around the battlefield.
U.S. Marines with Alpha Battery, Battalion Landing Team 1B, 4th Marines, fire their M777 155mm Light Howitzer during Exercise Alligator Dagger at Arta Beach, Djibouti, on Dec. 18.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachery C Laning | US Marine Corps
The last two US weapons packages for Ukraine have included a total of 90 howitzer artillery systems. These are the first known heavy artillery platforms to be transferred from US Army and US Marine Corps reserves to Ukrainian forces.
The Pentagon confirmed that Ukrainian forces will have to train alongside US troops before operating the howitzers. The Pentagon said earlier this week that training had already begun and was taking place at a location outside of Ukraine but in the region.
Along with howitzers, the United States has sent approximately 184,000 artillery shells.
US Army Specialist Colton Davis, an infantryman assigned to Company C, 2nd Battalion, 198th Armor Regiment, 155th Armored Brigade Combat Team, Mississippi Army National Guard , fires a Javelin shoulder-mounted anti-tank missile during a combined arms live-fire exercise as part of Exercise East Action 2019 at the Al-Ghalail Range in Qatar, November 14, 2018.
Specialist Jovi Prévot | US Army
High on the wish lists of Ukrainian forces are Javelin man-portable anti-armor weapons. To date, the US has transferred nearly 6,000 Javelins, which are co-produced by defense giants. Lockheed Martin Y Raytheonto the Ukrainian government.
In addition, the US has committed nearly 2,000 Stinger anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine, 6,000 AT-4 man-portable armor-piercing systems, and other laser-guided rocket systems.
Russian Mil Mi-17 and Mil Mi-24 military helicopters fly over the northeastern Syrian town of al-Malikiyahat, on the border with Turkey, on June 3, 2020.
Delil Souleimann | AFP | fake images
The United States has agreed to send at least 11 Russian Mi-17 military helicopters that were once scheduled to join Afghanistan’s military fleet before the country’s surprise takeover by the Taliban.
Mi-17s are personnel carrier helicopters that can be armed with cannons and rockets to perform strike or close air support roles.
The US military has also committed 10 of the AN/TPQ-36 High Mobility Counter Artillery Radars. This radar system is capable of locating mortars, artillery and rockets at close range.
Two Raytheon AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel air surveillance radars have also joined the fight in Ukraine. The Sentinel system is designed to alert front-line air defense weapons whenever it glimpses hostile aircraft, helicopters, drones or missiles.
US Army Adam Eggers fires his M4 rifle at a live firing range at Camp Blessing in Kunar province, Afghanistan, July 27, 2009.
US Army Specialist Evan Marcy | US Army
The Pentagon has shipped nearly 40 million rounds of small arms ammunition and more than 5,000 rifles, 1,000 pistols, 400 machine guns and 400 shotguns to Ukraine.
The United States has also dedicated more than 1 million grenades, mortars, and artillery shells.
Soldiers from Company A, 2nd Battalion, Royal Anglo Regiment sort and bag some of the 84,000 surplus ballistic helmets being shipped to the armed forces and emergency workers in Ukraine on March 31, 2022 in Donnington, England.
Christopher Furlong | Getty Images News | fake images
To date, the US has shipped more than 30,000 sets of bulletproof vests and helmets to Ukrainian forces, according to figures provided by the Pentagon.
In addition, the US has also equipped Ukrainian troops with night vision devices, thermal imaging systems, and other forms of militarized optics.
The United States has also included medical supplies and equipment used to assist in combat evacuations. In addition, hundreds of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear protection equipment have also left US stockpiles for Ukraine.