The Authorities of Norway donates one other 10,000 artillery shells to Ukraine. The artillery shells can be utilized in a number of forms of artillery hearth, together with 22 M109 tracked self-propelled howitzers that Norway has donated up to now. The M109 self-propelled howitzers and spare components donated to Ukraine had been provided from the artillery saved by the Norwegian Military. The consequence for nationwide preparedness has been assessed. Norway has accomplished offering coaching to Ukrainian troopers in Germany on learn how to function the self-propelled howitzers.

“It is necessary for Europe’s and Norway’s safety that Ukraine succeeds in standing as much as Russia’s assault. Ukraine wants worldwide assist within the type of navy tools and coaching of its personal forces. Norway has contributed closely by means of 2022, and can proceed to contribute to assist Ukraine in 2023. Ukraine wants assist rapidly, and we subsequently proceed to evaluate what we are able to donate from the construction of the Armed Forces. On the identical time, we’re investigating what we are able to purchase instantly from the producer to donate additional,” says Minister of Defence Bjørn Arild Gram.


Norway has already delivered the newly-donated 10,000 artillery shells to Ukraine utilizing a Boeing C-17 plane belonging to NATO’s Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW) based mostly at Pápa Airbase in Hungary. (Photograph by Norway MoD)

The Norwegian Military not too long ago procured new artillery from South Korea to exchange the M109 self-propelled howitzers. Norwegian variant was named K9 VIDAR (Versatile InDirect ARtillery system), and relies on a South Korean K9A1. It differs from K9A1 by altering the BTCS to Norwegian ODIN hearth assist system and radio communication techniques for the NATO operation. The M109 is a US-made, 155mm, self-propelled howitzer based mostly on a tracked armoured chassis. The M109A3GN is the Norwegian variant of the German M109A3G 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzer, acquired by Norway between 1969 and 1971. It’s outfitted with a 39-calibre barrel and has a firing vary of 24,700m.

As a part of its efforts to strengthen the Ukrainian armed forces to counter Russia, Norway has made vital contributions to the war-torn nation. Its navy help to Ukraine consists of 4,000 M72 anti-tank weapons, 1,500 bulletproof vests, helmets, protecting masks, and sleeping luggage. Norway additionally shipped the Mistral air defence system to the Ukrainian forces. The bundle included roughly 100 Mistral air defence missiles and a number of launchers. As well as, Norway is planning to contribute Nkr400m ($42.22m) to a UK-led fund to deal with the acquisition of kit for Ukraine.