For the First Time, Us Military Assistance to Ukraine Includes a Black Hornet Espionage Drone

Washington: Reuters, July 25, Washington As Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russia continues, the U.S. Department of Defense on Tuesday announced $400 million in further security aid for Ukraine, including air defense missiles, armored vehicles, and small drones.

For the first time, Teledyne FLIR Defense’s Black Hornet surveillance drones, which are a division of Teledyne Technologies (TDY.N), will be sent by the United States as part of the latest aid deal, which was originally reported by Reuters.

According to the firm, the Norwegian-built Hornet is being utilized in Ukraine thanks to grants from the British and Norwegian governments. A $93 million contract was given to FLIR Unmanned Aerial Systems in April to supply the U.S. Army with the little reconnaissance drones.

Additional ammunition for Patriot air defense systems, National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASMS), Stinger anti-aircraft systems, more ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), Stryker Armored Personnel Carriers, and various other missiles and rockets are also included in the weapons assistance package.

The funding for the help comes from the Presidential Drawdown Authority, or PDA, which allows the president to immediately transfer goods and services from U.S. inventories during an emergency without getting consent from Congress. The supply will come from overstock in the United States.

This is the 43rd security assistance package for Ukraine that the US has approved. Since Russia’s invasion in 2022, the United States has given more than nearly $43 billion in military assistance.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken underlined Russia’s attacks on Ukrainian ports and infrastructure in his remarks regarding the aid announcement after Ukraine withdrew from the Black Sea Grain Initiative last week.

“By withdrawing its forces from Ukraine and ceasing its heinous attacks against Ukraine’s cities and citizens, Russia might put an end to this war at any time. For as long it takes, the United States, as well as our allies and partners, will stand side by side with Ukraine, according to a statement from Blinken.

The Black Sea grain agreement was negotiated a year ago by the UN and Turkey to address a global food crisis made worse by Russia’s invasion. Leading exporters of grains are both Ukraine and Russia.

The new U.S. package was criticized by Russia, whose invasion of Ukraine caused thousands of deaths and millions of human displacements.

In a post on the embassy’s Telegram messaging platform, Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, said that Washington’s actions “are beyond morality and common sense.”

The European Union promised to assist Ukraine in exporting practically all of its agricultural products via rail and road, while Britain said on Tuesday that it had evidence suggesting that Russia’s military would begin targeting civilian vessels in the Black Sea.

Ismail Shakil in Ottawa, Katharine Jackson in Washington, and Lidia Kelly in Melbourne contributed additional reporting. Mike Stone and Patricia Zengerle reported from Washington. Grant McCool and Stephen Coates did the editing.

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