Watch: Munitions-laden C-17 took off from Delaware for Ukraine
WASHINGTON — A new shipment of defense aid to Ukraine is being sent from the US Air Force Base in Delaware. The US Pentagon released a video of a plane loaded with ammunition for Ukraine.
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The US Army uses the C-17 Globemaster III troop transport aircraft to deliver ammunition. “Soldiers from the U.S. Air Force’s 436th Transport Squadron load pallets of munitions onto a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, that will head to Ukraine as part of a security assistance program,” the U.S. Department of the defense said in a statement.
At the beginning of August, the US announced a new package of defense aid to Ukraine for one billion dollars. As of August 2021, for the 18th time, the US president has used his authority to provide Ukraine with weapons, ammunition, and equipment from the Pentagon’s stockpiles.
This delivery is the largest in terms of volume, the Pentagon said. The Pentagon provided a list of the aid provided in the new package:
- Additional ammunition for HIMARS salvo fire systems;
- 75,000 rounds of 155 mm artillery ammunition;
- 20,120 mm mortar systems and 20,000 rounds of 120 mm mortar ammunition;
- Ammunition for the NASAMS surface-to-air missile system;
- 1000 Javelin installations and hundreds of AT4 anti-armor systems;
- 50 armored medical vehicles;
- Claymore anti-personnel ammunition;
- Explosive substance C-4, ammunition, and equipment for demolition of buildings;
- Medical supplies, including first aid kits and other equipment.
In total, according to the US State Department, since 2021 the US has provided Ukraine with security assistance amounting to about $9.8 billion. In July, the United States of America sent 105 mm artillery shells for L119 howitzers to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
But then the US Department of Defense chartered a commercial aircraft to transport the 105mm shells. We remind that the artillerymen of the Armed Forces of Ukraine also received new ammunition “OFd MKM” caliber 155 mm of Slovak production.
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