A new wave of Euro-Atlantic armaments head to Ukraine

A new wave of Euro Atlantic armaments head to Ukraine
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A new wave of Euro-Atlantic armaments are due to flow into the Ukraine’s Armed Forces inventory in the coming weeks and months.

Between 12-13 June 2024, the governments of Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands and Norway all announced their latest military assistance including armoured land vehicles and bomber ammunition.

Russia’s latest offensive along the Vovchansk direction in the north-east of Ukraine, leading toward Kharkiv, stretched Ukraine’s troops along the frontline in an effort to gain the initiative, which has proven largely unsuccessful following the flow of new military equipment from the West.

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This new equipment represents a steady flow of the coveted military assistance needed to ward off the prospect of a greater Russian offensive. In the meantime, the enemy forces have reverted to playing for time once again, waiting for another chink in Western solidarity.

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Canada

The first four of the 50 new Armoured Combat Support Vehicles (ACSVs) built by Canadian workers for donation to Ukraine are departing for Europe, where Ukrainian soldiers will be trained in their use over the summer.

The first ten of these vehicles are the ACVS ambulance variant. Other types include mobile repair, vehicle recovery, engineering support and command and control vehicles.

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ACSVs are based on the LAV 6.0 and will replace the current LAV II Bison and M113 Tracked LAV fleets already in the Canadian Armed Forces inventory.

According to the open-source intelligence research group Oryx, one Canadian LAV Super Bison and 119 US-made M113s were destroyed by Russian forces in Ukraine.

So far Canada has donated 39 ACSVs, including add-on armour, a radio communication system, as well as in-service support including spare parts, maintenance services, technical manuals, and training. This donation package is valued at approximately C$245m ($178.2m).

Denmark and the Netherlands

Together Denmark and the Netherlands will jointly contribute €400m ($432.1m) to a Swedish fund set up to build CV90 infantry fighting vehicles for Ukraine. A large share of the vehicles will be produced in the Netherlands.

Over the course of more than two years of high intensity warfare only six Ukraine-operated CV90 vehicles have been destroyed, damaged or captured, Oryx found.

Photo of a Dutch CV90 infantry fighting vehicle Credit Dutch Ministry of Defence

Developed by the Swedish company, BAE Systems Hagglunds, the CV90 is among the most widely operated infantry fighting vehicle in Europe, in service with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Ukraine, as well as Sweden. The Czech Republic and Slovakia have also agreed deals to acquire the platform.

First entering into service in 1993, the CV90 has since been upgrade over its lifetime and is available in a number of variants. Versions of the CV90 family include the CV9040 with 40mm gun and the export variant, the CV9030 with a 30mm main armament.

Its all-welded steel hull can be upgraded with add-on armour, which protects against 30mm APFSDS (armour-piercing fin-stabilised discarding sabot) rounds.

Norway

“Ukraine’s need for firepower is extensive and urgent,” said the Norwegian Defence Minister Bjorn Arild Gram during his announcement of the aid.

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Its 81mm bomber launcher ammunition worth Nkr480m ($45.2m), derived from Norway’s own inventory, “can quickly be transferred to Ukraine to help prevent a greater Russian advance,” Gram assured the press.

Bomb launchers are the lightest and most mobile of artillery weapons, and can be mounted on vehicles and portable.

These 81mm bomb launchers normally have a range of 5-6 kilometres and supplement the heavier artillery at shorter distances. Ukraine’s ammunition needs are extensive, and the bomb-thrower ammunition donated by Norway can be used by Ukraine in existing weapons.

Norway has donated bomb thrower ammunition worth Nkr480m Credit Ole Sverre HaugliNorwegian Armed Forces






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