What a $2.4 billion Pentagon Draw Down gets you

Javelins arriving in Boryspil Feb 2022, via U.S. Embassy Kyiv

The Department of Defense on Thursday released a fact sheet of the arms transferred from DOD warfighting stocks on hand to transfer to Ukraine.

The Run-Down of United States security assistance committed to Ukraine includes:

  • Over 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
  • Over 5,000 Javelin anti-armor systems;
  • Over 7,000 other anti-armor systems (e.g, M72 LAWs, AT4, M141 BDM);
  • Hundreds of Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • Over 7,000 small arms;
  • Over 50,000,000 rounds of ammunition;
  • 45,000 sets of body armor and helmets;
  • Laser-guided rocket systems;
  • Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • Four counter-artillery and counter-unmanned aerial system tracking radars;
  • Four counter-mortar radar systems;
  • Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles;
  • Night vision devices, thermal imagery systems, and optics;
  • Tactical secure communications systems;
  • Commercial satellite imagery services;
  • Explosive ordnance disposal protective gear;
  • Medical supplies to include first aid kits.

In the transfers, everyone wins but the Russians, with Ukraine getting stuff they need, the Pentagon getting rid of stuff that was timing out and would have likely had to pay to dispose of, and defense contractors sure to get new contracts to fill the stocks back up.

For example, DOD contracts today:

U.S. Ordnance,* McCarran, Nevada, was awarded a $49,925,895 firm-fixed-price contract for the MK19 MOD 3 Grenade Machine Gun, spare parts kits and spare barrel assemblies. Bids were solicited via the internet with four received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of April 7, 2026. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Newark, New Jersey, is the contracting activity (W15QKN-22-D-0013).

Seen on the U.S. Embassy Kiyv’s social media from two months ago:

40mm ammo for MK19s…

Just saying.

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