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Ukraine’s arsenal of democracy: the US military hardware sent to help defeat Putin

The US pledge of 31 Abrams tanks for Ukraine contributes to nearly $30 billion in military and security assistance since the Russian invasion on February 24, 2022.

Other US military support includes several devastating missile systems, thousands of vehicles and more than 100 million rounds of munitions.

Here, DailyMail.com lists some of the most expensive – and deadliest – weapons and equipment the US has sent to Ukraine.

M1 Abrams tanks

The main weapon of the M1 Abrams is the M256 120mm smoothbore gun, which has a firing range of approximately 4,000 yards with conventional ammunition. It can accommodate a crew of four, weighs 73.6 tons and has a range of 420 kilometers with a 1,500 hp gas turbine engine.

Cost: $400 million in total

Quantity: 31 tanks

Game changer: The $400 million package for the M1 Abrams tank (pictured above) announced Wednesday also includes eight M88 recovery vehicles - tank-like tracked vehicles that can tow the Abrams if it gets stuck

Game changer: The $400 million package for the M1 Abrams tank (pictured above) announced Wednesday also includes eight M88 recovery vehicles - tank-like tracked vehicles that can tow the Abrams if it gets stuck

Game changer: The $400 million package for the M1 Abrams tank (pictured above) announced Wednesday also includes eight M88 recovery vehicles – tank-like tracked vehicles that can tow the Abrams if it gets stuck

HIMARS missile systems and munitions

The US has offered Ukraine 16 High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems. The truck-mounted launchers, developed by Lockheed Martin, can fire six guided missiles up to 50 miles – or further, depending on the ammunition used.

Cost: $4 million per unit, $110,000 per missile

Quantity: 16

The truck-mounted HIMARS launchers fire GPS-guided missiles that can hit targets up to 50 miles away, a distance that puts them beyond the range of most Russian artillery systems

The truck-mounted HIMARS launchers fire GPS-guided missiles that can hit targets up to 50 miles away, a distance that puts them beyond the range of most Russian artillery systems

The truck-mounted HIMARS launchers fire GPS-guided missiles that can hit targets up to 50 miles away, a distance that puts them beyond the range of most Russian artillery systems

HIMARS missile systems

The High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) is recognized as one of the world’s most advanced rocket artillery systems. It can fire six guided missiles in rapid succession. Ukraine has already used the system against Russian forces with devastating consequences, targeting both soldiers and infrastructure. At least 63 Russian troops were killed in an attack on New Year’s Day.

Cost: About $5 million per unit

Quantity: 38, plus ammunition

Patriot missiles

Patriot stands for Phased Array Tracking Radar for Intercept on Target. The expensive surface-to-air missile system is one of the most advanced of its kind. The US promised Ukraine a Patriot battery in December. A senior Defense Ministry official said that “it will give Ukraine a critical long-range capability to defend its airspace”.

Cost: $10 million per launcher, $4 million per rocket

Quantity: One battery, plus ammunition

The Patriot is a surface-to-air guided missile system first deployed in the 1980s that can target aircraft, cruise missiles and shorter-range ballistic missiles.

The Patriot is a surface-to-air guided missile system first deployed in the 1980s that can target aircraft, cruise missiles and shorter-range ballistic missiles.

The Patriot is a surface-to-air guided missile system first deployed in the 1980s that can target aircraft, cruise missiles and shorter-range ballistic missiles.

Howitzers (105mm and 155mm)

The M777 is the main 155mm howitzer delivered by the US to Ukraine. The weapon weighs approximately 9,300 pounds, has a 16.7-foot barrel, and has a firing range of 21 miles with a conventional artillery round.

Cost: $570,000 per unit

Quantity: 232 units, plus approximately 1.4 million cartridges

The British-built M777 is an ultra-light howitzer first used in the 2001 Afghanistan conflict

The British-built M777 is an ultra-light howitzer first used in the 2001 Afghanistan conflict

The British-built M777 is an ultra-light howitzer first used in the 2001 Afghanistan conflict

Mi-17 helicopters

A fleet of Mi-17 helicopters – a Soviet-designed military aircraft developed in Russia – given for Ukraine was initially purchased by the US for the Afghan military in early 2010. The Washington Post reported that the plane was being maintained by the US outside Afghanistan when the Taliban took control of the country. They are primary personnel aircraft, but can be equipped with weapons.

Cost: $17 million each

Quantity: 20

A fleet of Mi-17 helicopters – a Soviet-designed military aircraft developed in Russia – given for Ukraine was initially purchased by the US for the Afghan military in early 2010

A fleet of Mi-17 helicopters – a Soviet-designed military aircraft developed in Russia – given for Ukraine was initially purchased by the US for the Afghan military in early 2010

A fleet of Mi-17 helicopters – a Soviet-designed military aircraft developed in Russia – given for Ukraine was initially purchased by the US for the Afghan military in early 2010

The National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System is a highly adaptable medium-range air defense solution that can target a range of airborne threats, including aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles

The National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System is a highly adaptable medium-range air defense solution that can target a range of airborne threats, including aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles

The National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System is a highly adaptable medium-range air defense solution that can target a range of airborne threats, including aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles

National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS)

The NASAMS air defense system can target a range of aerial threats, including aircraft, cruise missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. Six of the eight systems committed to Ukraine will be delivered as part of a $1.2 billion contract awarded by the US military earlier this month.

Cost: Approximately $2 billion in total

Number: eight by 2025

The Harpoon is an anti-ship missile and can travel at speeds of up to 587 mph over a range of 100 miles

The Harpoon is an anti-ship missile and can travel at speeds of up to 587 mph over a range of 100 miles

The Harpoon is an anti-ship missile and can travel at speeds of up to 587 mph over a range of 100 miles

Harpoon coastal defense systems

The US has promised Ukraine two vehicle-mounted Harpoon launchers. The systems fire anti-ship missiles. Officials say the US will procure the launchers, while its allies will provide the missiles, which can cost up to $1.5 million each.

Cost: unknown

Number: two systems (missiles supplied by allies)

Phoenix Ghost/Switchblade tactical unmanned aerial systems

The Phoenix Ghost and Switchblade models of the unmanned aerial system are just two of several drone technologies the US has provided to Ukraine. The Phoenix Ghost and Switchblades are designed to attack different targets. Other US-supplied drones can perform reconnaissance and surveillance.

Cost: About $17 million

Number: about 2,500

The Phoenix Ghost and Switchblade models of the unmanned aerial system are just two of several drone technologies the US has delivered to Ukraine

The Phoenix Ghost and Switchblade models of the unmanned aerial system are just two of several drone technologies the US has delivered to Ukraine

The Phoenix Ghost and Switchblade models of the unmanned aerial system are just two of several drone technologies the US has delivered to Ukraine

Javelin missiles

Since the Russian invasion, several countries have supplied spear missiles to Ukraine. The missile is usually fired from a shoulder-mounted launcher and automatically guides itself to its target. Several videos have been posted online of Ukrainian troops using the missiles against Russian forces.

Cost: Up to $250,000 per rocket

Quantity: 8,500 missiles

Various radar systems

The various radar systems supplied by the US to Ukraine range from air surveillance systems to counter-artillery radars.

Quantity: At least 86

Cost: unknown

The Javelin missile is an advanced shoulder-launched anti-tank surface-to-air missile

The Javelin missile is an advanced shoulder-launched anti-tank surface-to-air missile

The Javelin missile is an advanced shoulder-launched anti-tank surface-to-air missile

Several radar systems - such as the AN/TPQ-53 - have proven experience in detecting mortars, missiles and artillery.  Radar systems were supplied to Ukraine by the US

Several radar systems - such as the AN/TPQ-53 - have proven experience in detecting mortars, missiles and artillery.  Radar systems were supplied to Ukraine by the US

Several radar systems – such as the AN/TPQ-53 – have proven experience in detecting mortars, missiles and artillery. Radar systems were supplied to Ukraine by the US

Armor and helmets

The US has provided tens of thousands of key pieces of equipment to support Ukrainian forces on the ground.

Quantity: 75,000 pieces

Cost: $350 – $800 per unit

Various ground vehicles

The US has supplied a wide variety of ground vehicles. They include 100 armored medical treatment vehicles, 580 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles (MRAPs), over 100 light tactical vehicles and over 1,700 Humvees.

Quantity: 3,199

Cost: N/A

The US has supplied a wide variety of ground vehicles

The US has supplied a wide variety of ground vehicles

The US has supplied a wide variety of ground vehicles

US support also included the delivery of more than 100 million small arms ammunition, in addition to millions more rounds for heavy weapons.

US support also included the delivery of more than 100 million rounds of small arms ammunition, in addition to millions more rounds for heavy weapons.

US support also included the delivery of more than 100 million small arms ammunition, in addition to millions more rounds for heavy weapons.

Small arms ammunition

The US support also included the delivery of more than 100 million rounds of small arms ammunition, in addition to millions more rounds for heavy weapons.

Quantity: 111 million rounds

Cost: unknown

Other support

A comprehensive list of the weapons and equipment pledged by Ukraine to the US was shared by the State Department on January 18, revealing the enormity of what has been pledged to help defeat Russia.

Other aid includes protective gear, medical supplies, hundreds of generators, plus the promise of funding for training.

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