Artillery ammunition

Sweden sends artillery ammunition worth $46.86 million to Ukraine

The Swedish government has provided additional artillery ammunition worth 46.86 million dollars (500 million Skr) to reinforce the capacities of Ukrainian troops.

According to Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde, the aid is the country’s seventh military package to support the war-torn country.

In a post on Twitter, the minister also said that the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) and the armed forces will explore the possibility of supplying Ukraine with the Archer artillery system, the RBS70 air defense system and other equipment.

In response, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked Swedish Foreign Minister and Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist for the aid package.

“Good news from Sweden: the seventh military package with artillery ammunition will strengthen #UAarmy. Together we will restore peace and security in Europe,” Reznikov tweeted.

The latest aid follows Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s recent announcement to commit $93.59 million (Skr 1 billion) in additional military and civilian aid for Ukraine.

The decision was taken in response to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba’s request to supply the country with weapons, including howitzers and shells.

US Undersecretary for Defense Acquisition and Support William LaPlante said National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) will enhance Ukraine’s defense capabilities to counter unmanned aerial vehicles , helicopters and cruise missiles.

The NASAMS is part of the third package of the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI), worth $820 million. The package also includes over 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition and four counter artillery radars.

In this regard, the US military recently awarded a not-to-be-exceeded letter contract to Raytheon Technologies’ Raytheon Missiles and Defense.

Worth $182 million, the contract requires the company to deliver two NASAMS batteries, as well as training and logistical support to Ukrainian military and security forces.

LaPlante said, “NASAMS is just the latest in the diverse set of air defense capabilities we are providing to Ukraine.”

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