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.
Aircraft and strategic drone belonging to the United States (US) have been conducting reconnaissance operations close to Russian borders in Ukraine, several reports have claimed. An online aircraft monitoring resource PlaneRadar stated that at least three American reconnaissance aircraft were spotted near Russias southern and western borders on May 1- the RQ-4B Global Hawk drone, Boeing RC-135V and the P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft
Ukraine is planning to liquidate scandal-hit defence firm Ukroboronprom and replace it with a state agency with broader powers, deputy chairman of National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Sergei Krivonos has said. A statement submitted to the country's unicameral parliament on April 24 revealed that the concern and its enterprises have become inefficient
Ukraine has been developing a number of defense equipment and weapons meant for combat helicopters. The countrys state-run Ukroboronprom has developed gyro-stabilizing platforms for use in Mi-type combat helicopters, in cooperation with PJSC "Motor Sich" and a number of other private enterprises
The United States has announced a $250 Million military aid to Ukraine which includes sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, counter-artillery radars; command and control; electronic warfare detection and secure communications. The total US security assistance to Ukraine now stands at to $1
Ukraine has established its fourth Naval Forces base in Ochakiv in the Mykolaiv region, located northwest of the Black sea, reports Dumskaya news outlet. The first three bases are in Odesa, Mykolaiv, and Berdyansk
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