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Foreign weapons for Ukraine

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The Bayraktar TB2 UAV is the main pride of the Ukrainian army. Photo by Wikimedia Commons


Over the past few years, Ukraine has been regularly receiving various military products from friendly foreign states. To date, the Ukrainian army has bought and received a lot of foreign products as part of the aid, which made it possible to carry out the necessary re-equipment. At the same time, in some categories of products, deliveries have not yet begun and, probably, are not even planned.

In order to help


In 2014, against the background of the so-called. The anti-terrorist operation revealed the extremely poor condition of the Ukrainian army. One of the main problems of that time was related to the age and condition of the material part. However, this issue was quickly resolved with foreign assistance.

Over the following years, foreign countries, primarily the United States, regularly provided various assistance to Ukraine, incl. military-technical nature. First deliveries weapons, equipment and other products began already in 2014, against the backdrop of the first months of the war against the self-proclaimed republics. In the future, the pace and volume of deliveries varied in a wide range. At the same time, Kiev regularly joyfully reported on certain planned purchases.

Foreign weapons for Ukraine

British NLAW grenade launchers from a recent delivery. Photo by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

In recent weeks and months, another aggravation has been observed, accompanied by new help from abroad. Foreign states represented by the United States and other NATO members are transferring various types of weapons to the Ukrainian army. We are also negotiating new deliveries. As before, foreign aid countries talk about the transfer of only defensive weapons and again mention the Russian threat.

According to known data, in 2014-21. The United States alone allocated about $2,7 billion for military assistance to Ukraine. Last year, $650 million was allocated for this purpose. Recently, the US President signed a decree on the next round of assistance - partners will receive "defensive" weapons and other systems worth $ 200 million. Part of this amount in the form of real products has already arrived in Ukraine.

Other countries also provide assistance, but its volumes are much smaller. In addition, some partners are ready to make money on Ukrainian needs. For example, last year the UK received an order to build missile boats for Ukraine. The purchase of equipment will be carried out on credit, which will also be issued by London.


FGM-148 Javelin is an old dream of the Ukrainian military. Photos Lockheed Martin

Products for the army


For obvious reasons, the bulk of deliveries in the form of assistance are products for the ground forces and units. Ukraine received and bought various models of armored and automotive equipment, small arms and other weapons, radio equipment, etc. In recent weeks, the list of such products is gradually replenished.

As an example of land equipment that arrived in Ukraine, we can cite used American army vehicles HMMWV. Such equipment was supplied in basic and armored versions, as well as with special equipment for various purposes. At one time, the deal to buy the long-obsolete British Saxon armored vehicles attracted attention and caused a mixed reaction.

Rocket troops and artillery received some upgrades. They continued to use the existing weapons of various types, but they were supplemented with foreign means of communication and control. In addition, the United States has several times supplied artillery reconnaissance equipment, such as AN / TPQ-36 or AN / TPQ-53 counter-battery radars.


M-141 grenade launchers before being sent to Ukraine. Photo by the US Department of Defense

Ukraine has sufficient stocks of small arms, but systems of some classes had to be purchased from abroad. In particular, they proudly announced the receipt of large-caliber rifles of the Barrett brand and some other foreign designs.

Foreign partners helped Ukraine with various products for the infantry. Uniforms and protective equipment, communication systems, etc. were supplied. Such deliveries continue to this day. For example, the other day Germany expressed its readiness to transfer several thousand helmets to Ukrainian partners, but not weapons.

Missile issue


In the past, the Ukrainian leadership literally dreamed of receiving American FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile systems. These wishes came true in 2018 - later Ukraine received 150 launchers and several hundred missiles. Recently, a new batch of such weapons arrived from the United States, including at least a hundred launchers. Additional deliveries of Javelins from the Baltic countries are expected; permission from the US has already been received.


AN / TPQ-36 counter-battery radars transferred to the United States in 2015. Photo by the US Department of Defense

Also, in the near future, Ukraine will be able to receive FIM-92 Stinger portable anti-aircraft systems. Interestingly, the manufacturer of such weapons, the United States, is in no hurry to sell or transfer them. The Stingers will be supplied by the Baltic states, and Washington's role was limited only to approving such re-exports.

Simultaneously with the last batch of FGM-148s, Ukraine received several thousand British NLAW anti-tank grenade launchers and hundreds of M-141 BDM assault grenade launchers. It is noteworthy that the latter are also positioned as defensive weapons.

Novelties in the air


After the losses of 2014, attempts are being made to restore the Ukrainian Air Force. The possibility of purchasing or receiving foreign combat aircraft as part of assistance is regularly mentioned, but this has not yet happened. It probably won't happen in the foreseeable future either. So far, only promises from the United States to transfer several Mi-17V-5 multi-purpose helicopters have been received. The American side acquired them earlier for delivery to Afghanistan, but now they will change hands.

The situation is much better with an unmanned aviation. Already in the early stages of the "anti-terrorist operation" for the Air Force and other structures, they began to purchase UAVs of various types - mostly inexpensive commercial models. Over time, this technique became quite widespread and improved the reconnaissance capabilities of the army.


The first boats of the Island type for the Ukrainian Navy. Photo by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

As a victory, the purchase of Turkish-made Bayraktar TB2 reconnaissance and strike UAVs and weapons specifically for them is presented. The issue of joint production of such equipment is also being resolved. According to various sources and estimates, Ukraine operates several dozen Bayraktars; they have already been used in real operations.

Boats for the fleet


Attention was also drawn to the supply of equipment for the Navy. Thus, the United States has already transferred to Ukraine four of the five ordered Island-type patrol boats. The last one will be coming soon. For fleet and special operations forces also handed over a large number of motor boats.

In 2020, Kiev and Washington agreed to supply 16 Mark VI patrol boats from the presence of the American fleet. As reported, the United States will transfer six units in the form of assistance, and Ukraine will buy the rest. Deliveries have not yet begun, but the delivery of the first boats is scheduled for this year.

In the distant future, Ukraine wants to get eight British-built missile boats. According to the signed agreements, the cost of such a series will reach 1,25 billion pounds. The UK will provide Ukraine with a loan for this amount for a period of 10 years.


Motor boats are also a significant part of the supply. Photo by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Delivery features


Deliveries of foreign weapons and equipment to Ukraine have been going on for several years, and similar plans are already being drawn up for the near future. Looking at these processes, one can find several characteristic features and trends. Mostly, they show exactly how the United States and allies are ready to help Ukrainian partners.

First of all, it should be noted that foreign allies did not send complex and expensive samples to Ukraine. As a result, Kiev has not received and will not receive Tanks, combat aircraft, large ships, etc. Also, foreign countries try not to share modern samples of new production, and a significant part of the deliveries is carried out, at best, from the presence of combat units. Finally, not all products are transferred for free. You have to pay for many products, and not every such deal turns out to be fully beneficial for Ukraine.

However, such relationships suit all parties. The United States and other NATO countries get the opportunity to indicate support, solve their political problems and earn money, and Ukraine restores its combat capability to some extent. And this means that such processes will continue in the future - unless events occur that radically affect the situation.
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  1. helloween
    helloween 1 February 2022 04: 55
    -7
    In terms of the number of javelins, Ukraine is already the second after the United States. If they begin to receive air defense, aviation, missile weapons, they will become a very angry and dangerous enemy. The problem of UKRAINE must be solved as soon as possible. 2014 cannot be returned, of course, but you can’t continue to silently look at the enemy and chew snot. And it is so clear that SP2 will be closed, and it is necessary to save the country, and not their cronies, the London oligarchs. In general, Putin has made a lot of mistakes and blunders in foreign policy.
    And if now everything is left as it is, then in two years there will be a war for the Crimea
    1. bistrov.
      bistrov. 1 February 2022 06: 04
      +9
      Quote: helloween
      And it is so clear that SP2 will be closed, and it is necessary to save the country, and not their cronies, the London oligarchs. In general, Putin has made a lot of mistakes and blunders in foreign policy.

      You would have a sword in your hands, but wave it right and left. Not everything in the world, and even in the country, is so simple. It was possible to seize "Ukraine" in 2014 without any problems, and then what?
      Firstly, this was what the United States and its satellites were striving for, in order to sharply lower the iron curtain in front of Russia, make it an outcast, deprive of all supplies, declare an embargo, which would put an end to the rearmament of the army, other economic projects, would drastically bring down the standard of living of ordinary people .. Were you ready to tighten your belts and return to 94? Have you forgotten how people dragged trunks around the bazaars? Even now, after 8 years, the import substitution of necessary products for many sectors of the economy has not completely occurred.
      So, Putin did not make any mistakes, he needs to erect a monument.
      1. riwas
        riwas 1 February 2022 08: 50
        +3
        It was possible to seize "Ukraine" in 2014 without any problems, and then what?

        And then it was necessary to support Ukraine. The Russian economy would have suffered great damage.
        1. Looking for
          Looking for 1 February 2022 16: 58
          +2
          put a sober leadership, and she will provide for herself.
      2. Looking for
        Looking for 1 February 2022 16: 56
        -1
        God. what a narrow-minded you are - to capture Ukraine. Yes, no one will capture it, it’s enough to change the leadership and foreign policy of the country.
        1. VSO-396
          VSO-396 1 February 2022 19: 20
          -4
          Sure? For a long time? There was already one president loyal to the Russian Federation, now he lives in Rostov.
          1. Yarhann
            Yarhann 2 February 2022 00: 17
            0
            yanyk was loyal))) you have a memory like a fish or a love for watching the media where they push that yanyk was a protege of the Kremlin))) if yanyk was a protege of the Kremlin, then there could not even be a hint of a Maidan - because the SBU nullified all the heroes on start, but especially stupid and active during mass parties, as was the case in Belarus.
            The joke was that the yanyk was playing multi-vector (like the cunning Kuchma), but at the same time he fidgeted strongly on two chairs as a result, as a result, he fell down - because such shit is not needed, neither the Russian Federation nor the West. It is precisely because the Russian Federation did not support the yanyk of the Russian Federation when there was a coup - the yanyk was worked off, they accepted it only for the sake of profit for the security forces - shake the carcass for loot - even a tuft of wool from a black sheep. it’s clear that they took it as well as a witness to the coup, but from this urka the witness is like a bullet from shit - that’s why everyone forgot this empty place.
    2. IL-18
      IL-18 1 February 2022 08: 34
      +3
      Quote: helloween
      The problem of UKRAINE must be solved as soon as possible.

      Wow!
    3. Yarhann
      Yarhann 2 February 2022 00: 04
      0
      oh la couch strategists pulled themselves up to give advice to puten)))) put on ischo to neigh as puten should and what))))
    4. Momento
      Momento 9 February 2022 22: 40
      +1
      with whom will the war for the Crimea?
  2. tun5t
    tun5t 1 February 2022 06: 02
    -1
    Stink to die and a mustache, and we will go to heaven ...
    What will actually happen ?, someone asked God's people?
    Although yes, selfishness and strength are the main thing
    This is how we are "treated" with cuffs from a crushing war, then for many years of peace because of fear, as it now turns out, they did not live peacefully out of love.
  3. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 1 February 2022 08: 03
    -3
    Thanks for the review, they pumped Ukraine with weapons above the roof. All that was left was to bring a "desire" to Ukraine to die for the interests of the United States and for the evil of Russia.
    1. IL-18
      IL-18 1 February 2022 08: 36
      -1
      She's already been taken
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 1 February 2022 08: 39
        0
        As PMC ashniks climb into minefields, it means they brought it up. Bucks is called.
    2. Fission power
      Fission power 1 February 2022 13: 55
      -6
      They are actively moving. Ukrainian society is being pumped up with propaganda of various kinds, both from above, through officialdom, and from below, by planting widespread neo-Nazism. In the “from below” category, the IPOC actively participates, trying on two fronts, simultaneously decomposing Russian society and strengthening Ukrainian society (although it’s more correct to say anti-Russian, this conglomerate has little in common with Ukraine).
      One of the areas, by the way, are memes, or rather, forces (forced memes). From fresh, I saw forces about buckwheat \ buckwheat (like Russians are such cattle that only all over the world eat buckwheat, and the civilized West - no, no), well, how can I not mention that anti-Chinese force Frankenstein with negative stereotypes piled in a heap about China, rice type, jade rod (MPX type), Chinese bots, China batch and machine translation.
    3. VSO-396
      VSO-396 1 February 2022 19: 22
      -2
      That is, the liquidation of the LDNR for Ukraine is the interests of the United States?
    4. Kerensky
      Kerensky 2 February 2022 00: 38
      0
      Thanks for the review, they pumped Ukraine with weapons through the roof.

      Andrei.
      Well, not much and pumped up. Looking at what to measure. Yes, and a specific weapon.
      For urban combat?
      I highly doubt this is a little different.
      For field battles against tank wedges?
      It's not the same - times have passed ..
      It looks like Ukraine is being used as a transshipment base...
  4. riwas
    riwas 1 February 2022 09: 25
    -3
    Foreign weapons for Ukraine

    Well, now Kiev will consider its army invincible and will climb on the rampage.
  5. Denis812
    Denis812 1 February 2022 11: 07
    -2
    Eh ... if only Saakashvili would take the post of Pres of Ukraine now and in general from 2008 it would not be possible to distinguish the situation :)
    And he, Sahak, could have gone ahead a second time. The main thing is to buy more ties, so that later you can eat them in difficult war days.
    Seriously, the latest statements by Ze and his team on the topic "there will be no war", and Biden's instant reaction with his call to Kiev and the passage on the topic "The call did not go well" clearly indicates that Zelya is afraid to attack, because I’m not sure that either the Russians or their own people won’t hang him up on the Maidan for losing the war.
  6. Egor-dis
    Egor-dis 1 February 2022 11: 33
    -3
    And it would be enough just to say that "we regard the use of bayrktars as a way out of the Minsk agreements." With all the ensuing consequences. With subsequent "peace enforcement" by pinpoint missile strikes on the bases of bayraktars and imported ATGMs to the heap.
    1. Fission power
      Fission power 1 February 2022 13: 58
      -6
      They are just waiting for the blows to yell "here, but we warned about the invasion!! 11" and immediately deploy a military base near Kharkov.
      1. Egor-dis
        Egor-dis 2 February 2022 21: 32
        0
        Quote from Fission Power
        and immediately deploy a military base near Kharkov.

        Yeah, right within the reach of the MLRS, aviation (even without flying into the territory), and I’m generally silent about the OTRK. The mattresses are certainly arrogant, but not suicidal. Moreover, risking your skin for the sake of a country that not every mattress can find on the map.
        But the truce can really be used to build a base.
        1. Fission power
          Fission power 4 February 2022 10: 07
          -1
          Perhaps, according to the same logic, they will not set up military bases on the territory of the Baltic republics? The territory is shot through both from the land and from the sea, especially within the reach of all the same types of weapons.
          No, they put it on.
          1. Egor-dis
            Egor-dis 7 February 2022 05: 40
            0
            Quote from Fission Power
            Perhaps, according to the same logic, they will not set up military bases on the territory of the Baltic republics? ... ... But no, they did.
            That's why they put it that there were no hostilities in the Baltic states.
  7. bk0010
    bk0010 1 February 2022 11: 39
    -2
    Well, we also need to plant weapons on the enemies of those countries that transferred weapons to Ukraine. The same "Needles" to the enemies of the United States will be very relevant.
  8. km-21
    km-21 1 February 2022 12: 36
    -4
    It is obvious that the West is openly pushing Ukraine into a war, which will inevitably turn into a complete collapse for Ukrainians. But the death of Ukraine is not a problem for the West; on the contrary, it is the most desirable result. Indeed, in this case, Russia can not only be accused of aggression, but also be blamed for the costs of restoring the torn apart (and once the richest and most prosperous) former Soviet republic.
    1. Looking for
      Looking for 1 February 2022 17: 04
      0
      and on what basis will these expenses be "hung" on Russia.?
  9. Knell wardenheart
    Knell wardenheart 1 February 2022 17: 59
    +1
    According to known data, in 2014-21. the United States alone allocated about $2,7 billion for military assistance to Ukraine. Last year, $650 million were found for this purpose.

    Strictly speaking, only through the efforts of the United States in 2021, the Ukrainian defense industry received an additional approximately 6.5% bonus from its nominal value in 2020.
    To say that these numbers are negligible is impossible. To say that they are great, too. They are just UNPLEASANT. Considering that "aid" is being driven not only by the United States, it may turn out that these volumes are already becoming very unpleasant.
  10. Timur_3
    Timur_3 9 February 2022 00: 26
    0
    DNR and LNR members hold on!
    Help is near!
  11. Bruno Lomax
    Bruno Lomax 11 March 2022 14: 35
    0
    I think Russia is in great danger from the western border of Ukraine. Assault drones, man-portable air defense systems, anti-tank missiles, ammunition, professional NATO soldiers disguised as "volunteers", mercenaries, etc.
    Since, for obvious reasons, Poland cannot be attacked to protect against this threat, I think that Russia should immediately declare Western Ukraine a separate entity, a buffer state. And make him responsible for said traffic on pain of massive attacks and bombing of his airports (first military, and then civilians), his entire industrial infrastructure and all lines of communication to the west.

    He should also give Turkey a serious warning for sending extremely dangerous Bayraktar TB2 drones (drones that arrive by air through international airspace).
    Because if Russia allows this entire contingent to reach the cities of central and eastern Ukraine, its fate will be in mortal danger, risking not just thousands of losses among its military personnel, but an insoluble "Afghanistan" in its living space.

    I also think it's important that Russia politically point to the United States, the UK and its vassal state Poland (versus the rest of the European Union, especially France, Germany and Italy) as being particularly responsible for this military escalation. which could also very seriously harm the entire European Union.
  12. certero
    certero April 25 2022 12: 47
    -1
    Quote from Fiion Power
    They are actively moving. Ukrainian society is being pumped up with propaganda of various kinds, both from above, through officialdom, and from below, by planting widespread neo-Nazism. In the “from below” category, the IPOC actively participates, trying on two fronts, simultaneously decomposing Russian society and strengthening Ukrainian society (although it’s more correct to say anti-Russian, this conglomerate has little in common with Ukraine).
    One of the areas, by the way, are memes, or rather, forces (forced memes). From fresh, I saw forces about buckwheat \ buckwheat (like Russians are such cattle that only all over the world eat buckwheat, and the civilized West - no, no), well, how can I not mention that anti-Chinese force Frankenstein with negative stereotypes piled in a heap about China, rice type, jade rod (MPX type), Chinese bots, China batch and machine translation.

    How interesting now to read your comments and understand who was right. How many minuses did you get. .