On October 12, the Norwegian government announced its intention to spend up to $19.75 million (NOK 210 million) of the money that is donated to the British-led “International Fund for Ukraine” in order to buy artillery ammunition for Ukraine. Effective artillery, including sufficient amounts of ammunition, has proven essential in Ukraine’s defense against Russian invasion, Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram said.
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Norway donated 22 M109A3GN 155mm self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine. The donation included equipment, spare parts, ammunition and training for Ukrainian gunners (Image source: Norwegian government)
The allocated amount allows the Norwegian government to purchase ammunition for the artillery Ukraine already has and will cover the purchase of around 17,000 rounds of caliber 122mm and 152mm, Defense Minister Bjørn Arild said. Gram.
On October 12, the Minister of Defense took part in a meeting with Western allies of the Ukrainian Defense Contact Group, where he announced the donation. Allied donations and additional support to Ukraine were discussed at the meeting. The Ukraine Defense Contact Group is a US-led initiative involving approximately 40 nations. The aim is to coordinate continued military support to Ukraine. The donations enable Ukraine to defend itself against Russia’s illegal attack. Many countries are contributing and will continue to do so. This is why it is essential that Norway maintains a close dialogue with the Ukrainian authorities to coordinate Western donations, says Bjørn Arild Gram.
Norway has already donated 22 M109A3GN self-propelled howitzers and around 100 French-made Mistral air defense missiles to Ukraine. The M109A3GN is the Norwegian variant of the German M109A3G acquired by Norway between 1969 and 1971. It is equipped with a 39 caliber gun and has a firing range of 24,700 m. In addition, Norway has already donated $37.64 million (NOK 400 million) to a British fund which coordinates new purchases of military equipment from Ukraine. It is from this sum that the purchase of ammunition will be deducted.
The Norwegian government has also offered to donate an additional USD 282.3 million (NOK 3 billion) to Ukraine in 2022. This amount will include a USD 23.5 million (NOK 250 million) purchase of clothing and equipment winter for the Ukrainian forces.