Norway will donate about 160 Hellfire missiles, launchers and guidance units to Ukraine, as well as night-vision equipment drawn from Norwegian Armed Forces inventories, the government of Norway reported on Sept. 8.
“This is a weapon that Ukraine has asked for, and it will prove useful in their fight against Russian invasion forces,” said Norwegian Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram.
“The missile is easy to operate, and can be used against both land and sea targets.”
The Norwegian Armed Forces tested and verified the status of the missiles prior to their shipment, the Norwegian government said. In addition, Ukrainian operators have been trained in the use of Hellfire by Norwegian instructors.
The Hellfire system is nearing the end of its service life was scheduled to be phased out the Norwegian Armed Forces, it said.
Norway has also donated night-vision equipment to Ukraine.
“So far, we and our allies have donated military systems and equipment from our own stocks,” Gram said.
“In future we will need to cooperate closely with the defense industry in order to maintain necessary deliveries of military equipment to Ukraine. This will also ensure that Ukraine receives more modern and effective equipment.”
Meanwhile, the fifth multilateral meeting is taking place at the U.S. Ramstein Air Force base in Germany on Sept. 8. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has already announced the United States will provide Ukraine with another $675 million in military aid.
At the same time, during an unscheduled visit to Kyiv on Sept. 8, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Biden administration had notified the U.S. Congress of its intent to provide $2 billion in long-term Foreign Military Financing to Ukraine and 18 of its neighbors. The countries will include NATO members and those regional security partners that are “most potentially at risk for future Russian aggression.”