US to deliver 20 Humvees M1151 and 80 boats to Ukrainian armed forces

According to a Tweet published by U.S. Embassy in Kyiv on January 15, 2021, United States has delivered 20 Humvee M1151 4x4 light tactical vehicles and 84 boats for the Ukrainian armed forces as part of the Ukrainian Security Assistance initiative.
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Ukrainian armed forces take delivery of 20 Humvees from the United States. (Picture source U.S. Embassy Kyiv)

The Humvee 4x4 tactical vehicles delivered to the Ukrainian armed forces are the M1151 variant which is an improved version of the standard Humvee (HMMWV). The M1151 HMMWV has a heavier chassis and improved engine to handle add-on armor. It is built on an Expanded Capacity Vehicle chassis, which allows for more passengers or additional supplies (up to 2,300 lbs).

In June 2020, the U.S. Department of Defense (doD) announced a plan of $250 million in the Fiscal Year 2020 Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) funds for additional training, equipment, and advisory efforts to strengthen Ukraine’s capacity to more effectively defend itself against Russian aggression.

The United States continues to urge all allies and partners to enhance their support for Ukraine’s security and defense sector. The United States also welcomes recent Ukrainian investments in U.S. defense articles that further strengthen our strategic partnership.

These security cooperation programs are made possible by Ukraine’s continued progress on key defense institutional and anti-corruption reforms. Over the past year, Ukraine has taken considerable steps to strengthen civilian control of the military; reform military command and control structures; transition to a Western-style human resources management system; introduce measures to promote increased transparency and competition in defense procurement and the defense industrial sector, and tighten internal controls to reduce corruption.

The United States remains committed to assisting Ukraine with the implementation of defense and anti-corruption reforms in line with Euro-Atlantic principles. These reforms will bolster Ukraine’s ability to defend its territorial integrity in support of a secure, prosperous, democratic, and free Ukraine.