Boeing Harpoon Coastal Defense System Launch System (HCDS)
Boeing Harpoon Coastal Defense System Launch System (HCDS)

US Sends Additional Security Assistance for Ukraine Including Howitzers and Harpoon Systems

The Department of Defense (DoD) announced $1 billion in additional security assistance for Ukraine. This includes an authorization of a Presidential Drawdown of security assistance valued at up to $350 million, as well as $650 million in Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds. Under USAI, the DoD will provide Ukraine with near-term priority capabilities to defend against Russian aggression. Included in this package are: Two Harpoon coastal defense systems; Thousands of secure radios; Thousands of Night Vision devices, thermal sights, and other optics;
Funding for training, maintenance, sustainment, transportation, and administrative costs.

The United States has now committed approximately $6.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the Biden Administration, including approximately $5.6 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked invasion on February 24. Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $8.3 billion in security assistance to Ukraine. The United States also continues to work with its Allies and partners to identify and provide Ukraine with capabilities to meet its evolving battlefield requirements. At today’s Ukraine Defense Contact Group hosted by Secretary Austin, 48 countries participated to discuss security assistance, generating new announcements of donations, including for high priority artillery and Multiple Launch Rocket Systems.

An M777 155mm lightweight towed howitzer bound for Ukraine waits to be loaded onto a C-17A Globemaster III aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland.

Unlike Presidential Drawdown, USAI is an authority under which the United States procures capabilities from industry rather than delivering equipment that is drawn down from DoD stocks. This announcement represents the beginning of a contracting process to provide additional capabilities to Ukraine’s Armed Forces. The PDA authorization is the twelfth drawdown of equipment from DoD inventories for Ukraine since August 2021. Capabilities in this package include: 18 155mm Howitzers; 36,000 rounds of 155mm ammunition; 18 Tactical Vehicles to tow 155mm Howitzers; Additional ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems; Four Tactical Vehicles to recover equipment; Spare parts and other equipment.

The Harpoon is an all-weather, over-the-horizon, anti-ship missile developed and manufactured by McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing Defense, Space & Security). The regular Harpoon uses active radar homing and flies just above the water to evade defenses. The missile can be launched from: Fixed-wing aircraft (the AGM-84, without the solid-fuel rocket booster); Surface ships (the RGM-84, fitted with a solid-fuel rocket booster that detaches when expended, to allow the missile’s main turbojet to maintain flight); Submarines (the UGM-84, fitted with a solid-fuel rocket booster and encapsulated in a container to enable submerged launch through a torpedo tube) and Coastal defense batteries, from which it would be fired with a solid-fuel rocket booster.

Boeing Harpoon Coastal Defense System Launch System (HCDS)
Boeing Harpoon Coastal Defense System Launch System (HCDS)

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