Joe Biden, the president, is back at it. The United States has now revealed that it will provide Ukraine with $775 million more in military hardware to aid in its conflict with Russia.
Along with 16 howitzers and ammunition, AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missiles (HARM), ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, 15 Scan Eagle reconnaissance drones, armored vehicles, and other armaments, the new assistance will also include vehicles, mine-clearing equipment, and vehicles.
The HARM, which can be shot from Ukrainian aircraft, has a range of at least 30 miles, and is intended to locate and eliminate air defense systems equipped with radar. It stands out in the most recent lethal aid tranche. Some of Russia’s most lethal weapon systems have reportedly been destroyed by the missiles in Ukraine in recent weeks.
We just announced another Ukraine 🇺🇦 security assistance package.— Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III (@SecDef) August 20, 2022
It includes a mix of capabilities — some new, some the Ukrainians have been using very effectively. As Russia’s unprovoked invasion enters its sixth month, our commitment to Ukraine remains unwavering. pic.twitter.com/uQqexjqAju
The ScanEagle unmanned aerial systems are also included; this is the first time the US has given Kyiv one of these drones, and the official claimed that it will improve Ukrainians’ ability to conduct reconnaissance along the front lines.
Additionally, the package will include 50 Humvees, tactical secure communication systems, night vision equipment, thermal imaging systems, optics, and laser range finders. It will also include 1,000 Javelins, 36,000 105 mm artillery rounds, mine clearing tools, 40 mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, 1,500 tube-launched optically tracked wire-guided missiles, 2,000 anti-armor rounds, and 1,000 anti-armor rounds.
Senators were notified by Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin that there was something else back in May, “It was difficult to track weapons once they were moved into Ukraine.”
“We have to depend on the Ukrainians at this point to do the right thing and make sure that they are prudent and careful about how they issue these weapons out and account for these weapons,” Austin clarified.
Congress has a duty and responsibility to ensure that there is openness and oversight of taxpayer money, according to Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN), who made this statement in July.
However, it appears that this administration has no plan in being transparent with the taxpayers’ hard-earned money.