Norway has donated M109 to Ukraine

Norway has donated 22 M109 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers. The donation also includes gear, spare parts and ammunition.

Norway has donated M109 to Ukraine
Norway has donated M109 to Ukraine. Credit: Frederik Ringnes, Armed Forces of Norway

- The Ukrainian Armed Forces depend on Western support and are in need of weapons and equipment to withstand Russian attacks. Ukraine has specifically requested this type of weapon. The development in the war in Ukraine now suggests that it is necessary to also donate heavier artillery and weapons’ systems, says Norwegian Minister of Defence, Bjørn Arild Gram.

The Norwegian Army has recently replaced their M109 artillery guns with new artillery from South Korea, but still has M109 stored. 22 of these have been donated, along with gear, spare parts and ammunition. Norway has also trained Ukranian soldiers on how to use the system. This training has taken place in Germany.

-  This is a substantial contribution and one that is very much in demand by Ukraine, says the Minister of Defence.

The artillery pieces have been shipped from Norway. The Norwegian government has waited to publicly announce the donation for security reasons. Future donations may not be announced or commented upon. 

M109 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers
M109 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers. Credit: Frederik Ringnes, Armed Forces of Norway

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