As of May 6, the United States has committed approximately $4.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine. Thousands of pieces of military hardware and over 50 million cartridges were included.
But US aid to Ukraine does not affect its focus on the Indo-Pacific region, or limit its ability to ensure Pacific partners get the equipment and supplies they need, a senior official said. defense during a briefing today at the Pentagon.
Most of the equipment that has been supplied to Ukraine, the official said, comes from the Presidential Drawdown Authority, meaning it is taken directly from existing military stockpiles.
“We are taking things off our shelves and giving them directly to Ukraine,” the official said. “Most of the military capabilities, systems, weapons, platforms that our Pacific allies and partners use, they get it through foreign military sales… It’s a set of priorities completely different, completely different set of sources.”
As of April 21, the United States had provided over 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems; more than 5,500 Javelin anti-armour systems; 700 Switchblade tactical unmanned aerial systems, 90 155mm howitzers and 208,000 155mm artillery shells; 17 counter-artillery radars; and more than 50,000,000 cartridges to the Ukrainians.
Today President Biden begins his first trip to Asia as President. This trip is just part of the United States’ ongoing commitment to the Indo-Pacific region.
“The president’s trip is positive proof of that, as well as everything we’ve done in the Indo-Pacific,” the official said. “Everyone’s focus is on Ukraine, and we understand that. But that doesn’t mean we’ve stopped working with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific, it doesn’t mean we’ve stopped our business. air and naval in the Indo-Pacific – and we’ve been talking about it for the past 85 days.”