The Armed Forces of Ukraine took delivery of two modern AN/TPQ-30 counter-battery radars from the US government in an official handover ceremony this week, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry announced on 20 May.
“These counter-battery stations are part of the US security assistance, costing more than $1.1 billion. The US will continue to assist Ukraine, since we are committed to the protection of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of your country. Furthermore, we will help Ukraine to develop its defensive institutions,” Lieutenant Colonel Todd Gough of the US Army said, while handing over the ownership certificates for the counter-battery systems.
According to Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, since 2014 the US has handed over 13 modern counter-battery systems to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
AN/TPQ-36 class radars are the most modern counter-battery systems, designed to detect and destroy artillery. The same radars are used by the US army. The systems are designed to determine the coordinates of enemy mortars, artillery weapons and multiple launch rocket systems.