According to the Netherlands’ Minister of Defence, Kajsa Ollongren, the Dutch government has decided to supply Ukraine with armoured self-propelled howitzers, the RTBF Belgian public broadcaster reported on April 23.
The Netherlands is finishing transfer consultations with the German government, after which the howitzers will be on their way to Ukraine, Ollongren noted.
RTBF did not specify the exact model of howitzers, but report that they can hit targets at a distance of 40 to 50 kilometres.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Ollongren announced their readiness to send heavy weaponry to Ukraine on Apr. 19.
Western partners are scaling up the supply of various weapons to Ukraine. Among the latest modern weapons are the French Mistral MANPADS and the American General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned combat aerial vehicles, which are superior to the Turkish Bayraktar UCAVs.
The U.S. Pentagon donated $800 million worth of heavy weapons to Ukraine in one of the latest military aid packages.
This package includes helicopters, armoured vehicles, UAVs, Javelin anti-tank missile systems, anti-personnel mines, and tens of thousands of body armour and helmets.
The most advanced of these weapons are Switchblade kamikaze drones and AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel radars, which support short-range air defence and artillery forces. These radars are in service with the advanced U.S. air defence units.