The nordic country has donated 22 outdated howitzers to Kiev
Kiev is to get 22 M109 howitzers from Norway, the Nordic country’s defense ministry announced on Wednesday. The weapons were donated complete with gear, spare parts and ammunition, the statement said.
The M109 is a 155mm tracked self-propelled gun that was first introduced in the 1960s and has an effective range of between 20-40km, depending on the shells used. Each requires a crew of four to operate.
Norway said it has already trained Ukrainian soldiers on how to use the weapon at a facility in Germany.
The contribution was made possible by Norway rearming its own military with new Korean artillery pieces, the ministry said. The weapons headed to Kiev come from a stockpile of discontinued arms. Norway purchased Korean K9 155mm howitzers in 2017 and is currently negotiating more deals with Seoul.
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