The use of the KBA-118 mortar by the Ukrainian army, review. Footage of the use of the KBA-118 mortar by the Ukrainian army has been published. Mortar KBA-118 caliber 60 mm, developed in the Kiev design bureau "Artillery weapons" and first shown in 2013. The KBA-118 mortar is in service with Ukrainian special forces, and is also used by airborne units. The maximum firing range of the mortar is 1500 meters, the rate of fire is up to 20 rounds per minute. Mortar weight 12.5 kg. The mass of mines used is 1.33 kg, mines and mortars comply with NATO standards.

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The Netherlands and Denmark will provide Ukraine with much sought-after F-16 fighter jets in an agreement hailed by President Volodymyr Zelensky as “historic.”

Kyiv has urgently been calling on its Western allies to provide it with the US-made aircraft, as its slow-moving counteroffensive is hampered by Russian air superiority.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Zelensky at Eindhoven airport on Sunday, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said his country would “commit to delivering F-16 aircraft to Ukraine” once “the conditions for such a transfer have been met.”

Zelensky hailed the agreement as “historic” and “the most important” one yet. “The Netherlands became the first country to agree to provide Ukraine with F-16s after training. I am very grateful,” he added.

Even with the news it will take months until Ukraine will be able to use the jets.

On Monday, Zelensky said on X, the social network previously known as Twitter, that Ukraine would receive 42 F-16 from the Netherlands and 19 from Denmark.

However, the Dutch government has not yet publicly confirmed the number of jets it would provide. Rutte said his country, which is currently in the process of upgrading to the newer F-35 fighter jets, had 42 F-16s in its arsenal.

“At this moment, the Netherlands still owns 42 F-16s. Out of these 42, we need planes to help training in Denmark and later on in Romania,” Rutte said. He added that the Netherlands would look into whether all of the remaining planes could be supplied but stated that he could not yet give a definitive number.
Statement of Intent between the Prime Minister of Sweden and the President of Ukraine on Enhanced Cooperation on the CV90 Platform, made 19 August 2023.

Continued Western support to Ukraine is crucial for Ukraine’s fight for freedom, and for the freedom of Europe as a whole.

After 18 months of war in Europe, our conclusion is that modern and agile land combat systems are essential to repel and defeat an aggressor. One key element to the success of both defensive and offensive operations on the battlefield is the mobility, fire power, reliability, and crew protection of a modern tracked infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

As part of Sweden’s long-standing commitment to support Ukraine, Sweden has donated Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90) infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs), in solidarity with Ukraine in its fight for sovereignty and freedom. Sweden has also, and will continue to do so, supported Ukraine with training, spare parts and maintenance of the vehicles.

Acknowledging that CV90 is a highly effective and modern combat vehicle, Sweden and Ukraine share the conviction that further cooperation on the CV90 platform will be mutually beneficial.

This Statement of Intent therefore symbolizes Sweden’s and Ukraine’s will to strengthen cooperation in production, operation, training, and servicing of the CV90 platform.

Sweden and Ukraine share the conviction that closer cooperation will contribute to competence building and further development of Western platforms. It will also open up possibilities for further, and closer, cooperation in the future.

This Statement of Intent should also be seen in light of the agreements between Sweden and Ukraine on protective security and defence procurement support, signed by both parties during the 12 July NATO Summit in Vilnius, symbolizing Sweden’s long-term commitment to support Ukraine in a broader sense.

Through this Statement of Intent, Sweden reconfirms its commitment to continue its strong support for Ukraine, for as long as it takes.
Ukraine has begun testing new underwater drones "Marichka". It is worth noting that the drone is not fully submerged, but rather partially submerged, apparently submerging under water will be used before attacking the target. There are no details about underwater drones yet, it is known that the drone was created to destroy warships, boats, coastal fortifications and bridges. The drone can also be used in reconnaissance missions. The length of the drone "Marichka" is 6 meters, the width is 1 meter, the range of the drone is up to 1000 kilometers. The estimated price of the drone "Marichka" is 16 million hryvnia or 430 thousand dollars.

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Finland will send more defence materiel to assist Ukraine. The President of the Republic decided on the matter on 25 August 2023 on the proposal of the Government. This will be the 18th package of defence materiel to Ukraine.

Replacing the defence materiel capabilities contained in this package will cost Finland an estimated EUR 94 million. The combined replacement value of all defence materiel packages delivered so far is about EUR 1.3 billion.

- The support of Finland and our allies to Ukraine remains unwavering. The core issue in terms of the future security order in Europe and in Finland is to be able to curb Russia's aggression against Ukraine, says Minister of Defence Antti Häkkänen.

For operational reasons and to ensure that the assistance will reach its destination safely, further details on the content of the package, the way it is to be delivered or the schedule will not be given.

Both Ukraine's needs and the resources of the Defence Forces have been taken into account when deciding on Finland's additional assistance.
An attempt to land Ukrainian troops in the Crimea. The Ukrainian army has published footage of the night landing near Olenevka on Cape Tarkhankut in Crimea. Two to four high-speed boats armed with American M2 Browning machine guns and Mk19 automatic grenade launchers were used. The landing itself did not affect anything, the sabotage group conducted demonstrative shooting at the camera and departed back to Burlachya Beam. According to some reports, there was a fight, but there is no video of this event. If there was a fact of the landing of the group, then the water area of the Crimea is not well patrolled by the Russian army. The landings of such groups can lead to diversions at the military facilities of the Crimea.

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Ukrainian homemade optical sight created from binoculars and a smartphone. A homemade optical sight consists of binoculars and a smartphone attached to it, used as a monitor. This entire structure is mounted on an American Browning machine gun, how effective this is is not reported.

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Ukrainian soldiers have begun dismantling cluster rounds and turning them into ammunition for drones. For these purposes, the M483A1 155-mm cluster shells, manufactured by the Turkish company MKE, previously delivered to Ukraine, are taken and cut into several parts.

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Details about the Swedish BvS10 armored personnel carriers of the Ukrainian army. Footage of the use of two-link BvS10 tracked armored personnel carriers by the Ukrainian army has been published; in total, Ukraine received 28 Dutch vehicles. The BvS10 amphibious armored personnel carrier was developed in the first half of the 2000s by the Swedish division of BAE Systems, commissioned by the UK Ministry of Defense. Currently, BvS 10 transporters in different versions are in service with six countries. The main function of the BvS10 is to transport troops and equipment weighing up to 5 tons; the vehicle is also able to cross water obstacles. BvS 10 is a machine with two bodies connected by a special hinge mechanism. The front hull houses the power plant, the driver's cabin and some of the passenger seats. The rear link has the main compartment and is equipped with track drives. The vehicle has protection against small arms fire, which can be enhanced to protect against 14.5 mm bullets. The BvS 10 armored personnel carrier can be armed with 5.56 and 12.7 mm machine guns, as well as a 40 mm grenade launcher. Due to the low ground pressure, not all anti-tank mines are triggered under the vehicle. In different modifications, BvS 10 conveyors use diesel engines of several models with a power of 285 hp. The car's power reserve is 500 km, speed up to 70 km/h. In total, the Bandvagn Skyddad 10 transporter accommodates 12 people, including the crew. The price of the BvS10 transporter is about 1.5 million dollars.

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Denmark will give Ukraine a further 5.8 billion kroner ($833 million), mainly to finance air defences, ammunition and tanks, the defence ministry said on Tuesday.

“For Ukraine to be able to continue defending itself against Russia’s illegal invasion, it is essential that countries like Denmark maintain their military and economic support,” Defence Minister Troels Lund Poulsen said.

Before this announcement, Denmark’s total aid pledged to Ukraine was 13.6 billions kroner.

“We are doing this today with the largest Danish financial contribution to date,” he said.

Spread across three years, the donation is the Scandinavian country’s 12th and will cover tanks, vehicles, tank ammunition and anti-aircraft guns.
A drone for installing and dropping mines was shown in Ukraine. In Ukraine, drones have begun to be equipped with devices for installing and dropping TM-62M anti-tank mines. The device itself is quite simple and consists of a tray into which the mine is loaded. The drone descends to the ground and the mine slides off the tray. This method is convenient for mining areas where there is tall grass or creating mine barriers on roads.

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The Canadian Minister of National Defence, announced that Canada will contribute to the United Kingdom-led partnership that is delivering high priority air defence equipment to Ukraine. This initiative was established in June 2023 by several countries including Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States, and will help provide urgently needed air defence missiles to help Ukraine defend against Russia’s missile and drone attacks.

Canada will contribute $33 million (CAD) to the partnership, which is providing Ukraine with hundreds of short- and medium-range air defence missiles and associated systems required to protect Ukraine’s critical national infrastructure. This donation is funded as part of the $500 million in new funding for military assistance for Ukraine announced in Kyiv, Ukraine by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in June 2023.
Ukraine received British heavy drones Malloy T-400. The Ukrainian army received British Malloy T-400 drones. The Malloy T-400 heavy-duty drone is manufactured by Malloy Aeronautics, the drone has electric motors and is equipped with replaceable electric batteries, so there is no need to waste time recharging the batteries, they can simply be replaced. The drone is designed to carry heavy loads and is capable of lifting up to 180 kilograms. In Ukraine, they plan to use the T-400 drone as a backup logistics tool for supplying ammunition, provisions, medicine and fuel, as well as for evacuating the wounded. The drone can also be used for military purposes by equipping it with an ammunition mount, but due to its large signature, the drone will be too noticeable on radar. The T-400 drone can reach speeds of up to 126 km/h, according to the manufacturer, the range of the drone is up to 70 kilometers.

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Elbit Systems will supply several hundred canister configuration SkyStriker loitering munitions to an undisclosed European country in a $95 million deal, the Israeli firm announced Monday.

The company declined to identify the customer when asked by Defense News. But based on previous publications by Elbit, it’s likely the country is not a member of NATO, otherwise the business tends to point that out.

Elbit noted its contract with the mystery buyer will last two years.
On Thursday, representatives of the French government and defense industry arrived in Kyiv, including representatives of the French firm Nexter Systems, which, for example, produces long-range Caesar cannons that have already been donated to Ukraine.

During the meeting with the Ukrainian colleagues, the prospects for cooperation were discussed, and the experience gained in conditions of war.

CEO of Nexter Group Nicolas Chamussy stated that France is rapidly moving to expand its domestic production capacity of Caesar 155mm truck-mounted artillery and added that that Ukraine could receive more self-propelled howitzers.

“Caesar is very powerful and adapted for use by your military. Therefore, I assume that there will be more Caesar deliveries. We have introduced fundamental changes in the industrial process to increase production capabilities. Since the beginning of the war, we have tripled the production of Caesar and doubled the production of ammunition. Our common goal is to help Ukraine,” said Nicolas Chamussy.

Ouest France reported that due to these meetings, France is ready to supply Ukraine with additional artillery systems and ammunition and to launch some joint projects in the defense industry.

According to the report, KNDS, an Amsterdam-based joint venture between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Nexter, will supply Ukraine with six additional Caesar self-propelled howitzers.
Oct. 2, 2023, the U.S. government transferred approximately 1.1 million 7.62mm rounds to the Ukrainian armed forces. The government obtained ownership of these munitions on July 20, 2023, through the Department of Justice’s civil forfeiture claims against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

These munitions were originally seized by U.S. Central Command naval forces from the transiting stateless dhow MARWAN 1, Dec. 9, 2022. The munitions were being transferred from the IRGC to the Houthis in Yemen in violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2216.
Spain will deliver six additional Hawk air defence systems to Ukraine to help it fend off Russian attacks (6 already pledged).

Madrid announced the decision following a meeting between Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “The Government of Spain will make 6 Hawk launchers available to Ukraine to face possible Russian bombings against civilian targets and critical infrastructure, as well as for the defense of the new grain corridor,” a Spanish government statement read.
The Czech Republic and Denmark will jointly supply heavy military equipment to Ukraine in the coming months, the Czech Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

It said the supplies would be from Czech defence companies and financed from the Danish budget.

The joint plan was first announced last month.

The Czech ministry detailed on Thursday that the first shipment would include nearly 50 infantry fighting vehicles and main battle tanks, 2,500 hand guns, 7,000 rifles, 500 light machine guns, 500 sniper rifles and equipment for electronic warfare and intelligence.

The supplies will include new and modernised equipment.

The ministry said last month the first shipment would include 15 modernised T-72EA main battle tanks.

Further shipments will include 500 heavy machine guns, 280 recoilless guns, 7,000 anti-tank weapons, 10,000 hand grenades, 60 mortars, and a large number of anti-drone systems.

The funding agreement is similar to a deal reached last year with the Netherlands and the United States. The ministry said last month about half of an expected 90 tanks under that agreement have already been delivered.
The Georgian Ministry of Defense received the first batch of Spanish C90 reusable grenade launchers produced by Instalaza. S90 series grenade launchers were also supplied to Ukraine. 90 mm C90 grenade launchers began to be developed in the eighties and have been modernized since then. The grenade launcher is capable of penetrating up to 500 mm of steel and 1000 mm of concrete. Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze himself checked the grenade launcher at the test site. The firing range of the grenade launcher, depending on the ammunition, is up to 350 meters for point targets and up to 700 meters for area targets. The grenade launcher is equipped with an optical and opto-electronic sight e-VISION with the ability to select an aiming reticle depending on the type of ammunition used and a magnification factor of 2.5 times. The grenade launcher can be equipped with a night vision device and a thermal imaging sight. The weight of the grenade launcher is about 5 kilograms. The price of the C90 grenade launcher is about 2100 euros.

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The widespread deployment of mines and cluster munitions in Ukraine has made it the most heavily mined country in the world today. Norway will more than double its support to efforts to clear mines laid in Ukraine since the start of Russia’s brutal war of aggression.

‘Clearing mines saves lives and protects civilians, especially children. Mine clearance is also essential to be able to provide other types of emergency assistance and rebuild infrastructure. Preventing further loss of life also helps to strengthen Ukraine’s ability to withstand Russia’s aggression,’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Anniken Huitfeldt.

The Norwegian Government has therefore decided to provide an additional NOK 200 million (USD$18,000,000) in funding earmarked for clearance of mines and other explosives in Ukraine.

Clearance of mines and other explosives is a key priority area both for the Ukrainians themselves and for Norwegian efforts in Ukraine. Ukraine’s own post-war recovery plan identifies humanitarian mine clearance as one of the top five priorities. The Ukrainian authorities will place particular focus on restoration of agricultural land and reconstruction of critical infrastructure.

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