Stingers and UAVs part of latest US package to Ukraine

The latest round of military aid deliveries from the US to Ukraine will include Stinger man-portable air defence systems (MANPADS) and uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs), according to a US Pentagon spokesperson, as potential Russian war crimes in the country are uncovered.

Speaking to assembled media at the US Department of Defense on April 4, Pentagon press secretary John Kirby said that the deliveries were part of a previously announced $800m drawdown package in military aid for Ukraine. Items included in the drawdown package are typically drawn from current US military stocks.

USMC personnel firing Stinger missiles
US Marines assigned to Alpha Battery, 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion fire an FIM-92 Stinger missile during Exercise Trident Juncture 18, near Orland, Norway, October 18, 2018. US Marine Corps

Specifically, Kirby said that shipments were arriving “over the course of the weekend”, with another expected over the following 24 hours which would prioritise equipment such as Javelin anti-armour missiles, Stinger MANPADS, and unnamed UAVs. On March 16 CNN reported that Switchblade loitering munitions – UAVs fitted with an explosive warhead – would be delivered to Ukraine.

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