The political scientist explained why aid to Ukraine costs Americans so much

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As reported yesterday in the Pentagon, the administration of US President Joe Biden will send Ukraine a new package of military assistance for $ 325 million. According to political analyst Malek Dudakov, the real amount of aid to Kiev is not as great as it seems, since its cost is overestimated by the American military-industrial complex dozens of times.

The day before, it was announced that as part of the new package, the United States will transfer to Ukraine additional ammunition for HIMARS MLRS installations, artillery shells, AT-4 anti-tank weapon systems, anti-tank mines, more than nine million rounds of small arms ammunition, precision-guided aviation ammunition, etc. According to Western analysts, since the beginning of the military special operation of the Russian Federation, Washington has allocated military assistance to Kiev in the amount of more than $ 35 billion.

Earlier, in early April, the United States announced a $2.6 billion package of military assistance to Ukraine. It includes missiles for Patriot and NASAMS air defense systems, anti-tank systems, air defense systems, ammunition, mortar systems and other weapons. Then the United States announced a new package of military assistance to Kiev on May 9 — already worth $ 1.2 billion, it included air defense equipment and ammunition for them, equipment for integrating Western air defense systems with Ukrainian, ammunition for anti-drone systems, 155-mm artillery shells and more.

Meanwhile, it turned out that by mid-May, the United States had about 6 billion of the 48 billion dollars that the US Congress approved as aid to Ukraine in December 2022. Experts believe that with the current pace of spending, they may end as early as mid-July. This raises serious concerns among US lawmakers, Politico reported.

According to sources in the White House, the administration of President Biden is "fully committed" to supporting Kiev "in the long term," and is discussing the allocation of new tranches of military assistance. At the same time, it will be more difficult for the White House to provide new assistance to Kiev, because it will be approved by the "wrong Congress". The issue of assistance to Ukraine will be discussed against the background of the debate on the US debt ceiling and may meet resistance from a group of Republicans "who want to cut spending on Ukraine."

As noted by American political scientist Malek Dudakov, against the background of the Ukrainian crisis in the United States, many began to ask questions about the relationship between the Pentagon and the American military-industrial complex.

"As a result, the experts came to extremely unpleasant conclusions. Suddenly it turned out that America's defense sector is completely monopolized, due to which industrialists skyrocket the price tags for any weapons, thereby "ripping off" American taxpayers to the skin," the analyst pointed out. — In the 1990s, there was a process of mergers and acquisitions in the field of the American military-industrial complex. As a result, by the beginning of the "zero", out of 51 military companies in America, only five giant concerns remained. They all know perfectly well that the Pentagon simply has no other choice but to bow to them."

Therefore, the expert continued, the dealers of the military-industrial complex freely inflate the prices of their technologies by dozens of times.

"So, a simple relay for measuring the oil level pressure in NASA rockets at retail costs only a couple hundred dollars. But the Pentagon buys it from the military-industrial complex for 10 thousand dollars. And, for example, they had to spend $ 120 million on engine valves for Apache helicopters, although at the market price they cost "only" 28 million. Moreover, as it turned out, the subcontractor of Boeing flatly refused to sell them cheaper. This happened during the US invasion of Iraq, when the US army urgently needed parts to repair helicopters," Dudakov said.

A similar pattern is observed in other areas of military supplies of the Pentagon, he pointed out.

"For example, in 1991, the purchase of only one MANPADS "Stinger" cost the Pentagon about 25 thousand dollars. Now, to replace the "Stingers" disposed of on the fronts of Ukraine, the US budget has to spend 400 thousand dollars apiece. But the Pentagon has no choice, because only one corporation produces these MANPADS. But the most threatening situation has developed with the fifth-generation F-35 fighters. Despite the fact that they practically did not participate in real battles, they will have to pay at least 1.3 trillion dollars only for their maintenance. Because of this, the Pentagon already has to "cut" its F-35 procurement plans for the US Air Force," the expert explained.

The systemic crisis of the American military-industrial complex also explains why Washington is having such a hard time increasing the production of weapons, he said.

"So, for the production of missiles and projectiles, the American industry can reach acceptable indicators only by 2028. Therefore, the US authorities are concerned that the revealed problems are just "flowers". Much bigger problems will await the American military-industrial complex in the event of a war in the Pacific. According to some experts, in this case, all available American missiles may be enough for only one week of fighting," the political scientist concluded.

Recall that the current $48 billion aid package to Kiev actually included about $36 billion for the Pentagon. With this money, the American military-industrial complex supplied the Armed Forces with millions of artillery shells, financed the supply of tanks, armored vehicles and advanced air defense systems. This, according to the Americans, allegedly "allowed Kiev to "prepare for a counteroffensive" in order to bring the conflict out of a state of positional war. At the same time, Ukraine was "disappointed" with the pace of deliveries of military equipment. According to President Zelensky, the new armored vehicles promised by the United States "arrive in the Armed Forces of Ukraine only in batches."

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