America stands firmly with Ukraine in the midst of the ongoing war with Russia. The US has announced a $400 million security assistant package for Ukraine. Under this, the Pentagon will provide the Ukrainian army with T-72 tanks and HAWK, which is a surface-to-air missile. Air defense and armor capability are prominent in the aid list being provided to Ukraine.
The US aid package for Ukraine also includes 1,100 Phoenix Ghost drones and 40 armored boats. Also funding will be provided for the renovation of 250 M1117 armored vehicles. It is believed that this could make the Ukrainian military’s retaliatory attacks on Russia even more deadly. At the same time, modern tanks like German Leopard or US Abrams have also been demanded from Kyiv.
‘Tanks coming from the defense industry of the Czech Republic’
“The tanks are coming from the Czech Republic’s defense industry and the US is paying for the refurbishment of 45 of them,” said Pentagon deputy press secretary Sabrina Singh. At the same time, the Government of the Netherlands remains with our commitment to 90 T-72s. T-72s are Soviet-era tanks, which have been made more advanced. He said some would be ready by the end of December and the rest would be delivered in 2023.
Questions raised over non-delivery of very modern tanks
The Deputy Press Secretary was asked why Ukraine is not being given highly modern tanks. To this, he said that there is a problem with the new tanks regarding usage and price. “These are tanks that Ukrainian soldiers can easily use on the battlefield,” he said. Also new battle tanks are much more expensive. At the same time, through HAWK, the Ukrainian army will be able to counter Russian drones and missiles.