Netherlands budgets over $4 billion military aid for Ukraine

[ad_1] PARIS — The Netherlands will provide Ukraine with €4 billion (US $4.25 billion) in military aid in the 2024-2026 period, the Dutch government said in a spring budget update on April 15. Defense leaders will also structurally increase defense spending by €500 million per year from 2028 to invest in air defense and ammunition … Read more

Britain cements foothold in Ukraine for weapons upkeep, production

[ad_1] LONDON — Light artillery pieces donated to Ukraine by Britain’s Ministry of Defence are to be repaired and maintained locally under a deal agreed by the two governments. The new servicing arrangement for the BAE Systems-built L119 guns replaces a maintenance plan for the 105mm guns that currently entails shipping them outside of the … Read more

Ukraine’s parliament passes controversial law to boost conscripts

[ad_1] KYIV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s parliament passed a controversial law Thursday that will govern how the country recruits new soldiers to replenish depleted forces that are increasingly struggling to fend off Russian troops. Two years after Russia’s full-scale invasion captured nearly a quarter of the country, the stakes could not be higher for Kyiv. After … Read more

Oleksandr Syrsky: Ukraine says situation in east has ‘deteriorated significantly’

[ad_1] “The situation on the eastern front has deteriorated significantly in recent days” in the face of a heightened Russian offensive, Ukraine’s commander-in-chief Oleksandr Syrsky said Saturday. Syrsky, who took over as commander-in-chief in February after Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky fired his popular predecessor, Valery Zaluzhny, said Russians also had superior weapons. He spoke of … Read more

How companies plan to ramp up production of Patriot missiles

[ad_1] Amid a significant use of missiles in Ukraine and the Middle East, customers are ramping up independent production of some of the weapons the Patriot air defense system can launch at an unprecedented scale. The United States, where Patriot manufacturer RTX is based, is trying to contend with the rapid use of Patriot Advanced … Read more

US approves support of Ukrainian Hawk missile systems

[ad_1] The US Government has approved a package of support for Ukrainian Raytheon MIM-23 Homing All the Way Killer (HAWK) Phase III medium-range surface-to-air missile systems, six of which had been supplied by Spain to support the East European country’s fight against invading Russian forces. The deal was notified as a Foreign Military Sale by … Read more

How Patriot proved itself in Ukraine and secured a fresh future

[ad_1] In the dead of night in May, Russia launched a Kinzhal hypersonic missile at the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. The air-launched weapon can reach speeds up to Mach 10, which equates to about 7,700 mph. Less than a month earlier, the U.S. had sent a Patriot air defense system to Ukraine to help it … Read more

US gives Ukraine seized Iranian weapons that were headed to Houthis

[ad_1] The U.S. redirected thousands of weapons to Ukraine earlier this month that it seized from an Iranian group attempting to smuggle the munitions to Yemen’s Houthi militants, the Middle East-based U.S. Central Command said Tuesday. More than 5,000 AK-47 rifles, machine guns, sniper rifles and rocket launchers, as well as more than 500,000 rounds … Read more

Rheinmetall to supply 20 more Marder IFVs to Ukraine

[ad_1] Rheinmetall will deliver an additional 20 Marder IFVs to Ukraine under an order recently placed by the German government with deliveries expected to take place this year. The value of the deal has been reported by the company as being “in the mid double-digit-million-euro range” and that it has “already handed over a three-digit number of … Read more

Rheinmetall to equip 22 German howitzers with parts in resupply order

[ad_1] COLOGNE, Germany — German defense company Rheinmetall won a contract to supply parts for 22 new Panzerhaubitze 2000 howitzers, part of a plan by the government to replenish weapon stocks previously donated to Ukraine. Worth €135 million (U.S. $145 million), the deal was awarded by KNDS Germany, the armed force’s general contractor for the … Read more