Czech Republic to transfer Kub anti-air systems to Ukraine

10 May, 09:25 PM
Petr Pavel (Photo:REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi)

Petr Pavel (Photo:REUTERS/Viacheslav Ratynskyi)

The Czech Republic will transfer two 2K12 Kub air defense systems to Ukraine, along with a "relatively large quantity" of ammunition for them, Czech President Petr Pavel said on May 10, as reported by news agency České Noviny.

Pavel also said that transferring Czech L-159 light fighter jets to Ukraine would be "appropriate" and could assist Ukraine in counteroffensive operations. In addition to the missile systems, Czech Republic has already provided nearly 100 tanks, a similar number of armored vehicles, and plenty of ammunition to Ukraine.

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The president clarified that Kub missile systems are currently in the process of being delivered, and Ukraine's defense forces will be capable of utilizing them immediately, requiring no additional training. The Czech army will replace Kubs with Israeli-made SPYDER systems.

In March, Slovakia announced it will transfer Kub missile systems to Ukraine as well.

2K12 Kub is a Soviet-era anti-aircraft missile system which can detect airborne targets at distances of up to 65 km and shoot them down at a range of 4.5 to 23.5 km, at an altitude of up to 14,000 km. The system is effective against warplanes and cruise missiles that travel at speeds up to 600 m/s.

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