Within the final month, the U.S. pledged greater than $1.4 billion in safety help to Ukraine. A few of that help is geared toward serving to the Ukrainian army higher defend its coast and waterways, says the U.S. Division of Protection.
On Thursday, the U.S. promised $450 million in safety help by means of presidential drawdown authority. Included in that bundle had been 18 coastal and riverine patrol boats.
These vessels are two 35-foot, small-unit riverine craft; six 40-foot maritime fight craft; and ten 34-foot, Dauntless Sea Ark patrol boats.
“These are largely to guard the riverways and to allow Ukraine to keep up its management of the riverways. They can be utilized in … close-in coastal areas,” mentioned a senior protection official throughout a briefing right this moment on the Pentagon.
To contribute to coastal protection, the official mentioned, the US, together with companion and allied nations, have offered the Harpoon system. Earlier this month, the U.S. dedicated to the donation of two Harpoon launch programs, which the Ukrainians have requested to have mounted on vans. Different nations have additionally agreed to offer the Harpoon missiles themselves for use in these launchers.
“This will likely be useful in enabling the Ukrainians to defend … Odessa and different positions alongside the Black Coastline,” the official mentioned.
Ukraine is believed to have used Harpoon missiles in its current “demilitarization” of a Russian tugboat getting used to move ammunition to Snake Island
Along with the coastal and riverine patrol boats, the most recent presidential drawdown authority safety help bundle to Ukraine contains 4 Excessive Mobility Artillery Rocket Techniques, or HIMARS; 36,000 rounds of 105 mm ammunition; 18 tactical automobiles with which to maneuver 155 mm artillery; 1,200 Mk 19 grenade launchers; and a couple of,000 machine weapons.
“Clearly with every of those packages, we [also] present numerous spare elements,” the official mentioned. “We need to make sure that they’ll preserve the programs up and working.”