Denmark and Norway to provide 8,000 artillery shells, Australia to supply $80 million in remote weapon systems
The West agreed to help Ukraine with ammunition to effectively counter the Russian Federation (Photo:Fabian Bimmer/File Photo/Reuters)
Norway and Denmark will jointly provide Ukraine with 8,000 artillery rounds to combat Russian occupation forces, the Norwegian Ministry of Defense announced on April 3.
Oslo will provide 155-mm artillery shells and Copenhagen will provide the appropriate fuses, the ministry reported.
"Ukraine has a significant need for artillery ammunition," stated Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram.
“Norway will contribute where we can. It is important for both Europe's and Norway's security that Ukraine succeeds in standing up to Russia's attack.”
This will be in addition to the Caesar air defense systems provided by Denmark, he emphasized.
Australia also plans to supply Ukraine with 100 remote weapon systems (RWS) worth up to $80 million over two years, according to Australian defense company Electro Optic Systems.
The contract includes spare parts and related services.
Remote weapon systems are used by several military services in Australia, North America, Europe, and Asia. They can be integrated into a variety of vehicles and platforms and are used in a wide range of missions. The Australian assistance provides for full combat readiness as the crew operates the system while protected inside the vehicle.
Norway and 17 EU countries signed an agreement on March 20 to jointly purchase ammunition for Ukraine and their own national stockpiles. The agreement is to purchase 1 million rounds of ammunition, said Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas.
Spain will soon join this initiative.
Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba announced on March 24 that the total number of countries participating in the munitions-purchasing program had increased to 20.
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