Britain and France will give Ukraine new air defense packages to help the country resist Russian attacks on civilian infrastructure.
On 19 November 2022, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that Ukraine would receive a defense aid package worth around $59m (£50m), which would include 125 anti-aircraft guns, dozens of radars and anti-drone systems. . The aid is to support the Ukrainian military in confronting “deadly drones supplied by Iran,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.
“While the armed forces of Ukraine manage to push back the Russian troops on the ground, civilians are subjected to heavy aerial bombardment,” the Prime Minister said after a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv. “Today we are deploying new air defences, including anti-aircraft guns, radars and anti-drone equipment, and stepping up humanitarian support throughout the cold and difficult winter.”
In addition to military aid, the UK will provide more than $14m (£12m) to the World Food Program response and a further $4.7m (£4m) to the International Organization for Migration, which is to provide Ukraine with mobile medical clinics. electricity generators, shelters and winter kits for troops to withstand severe frosts.
Earlier in November 2022, Britain committed to supply more than 1,000 additional surface-to-air missiles to protect Ukrainian infrastructure from the Russian threat.
“This was in response to Ukraine’s requests for additional air defense capabilities, and the missiles will play an important role in providing air defense to Ukraine and protecting its critical infrastructure, which is constantly being targeted by Russia,” the UK government wrote. in statement.
Paris is considering Kiev’s request for radars
In an interview with Le Journal du DimancheThe Minister of the Armed Forces of France, Sebastien Lecornu, said that the French authorities are now considering the possibility of supplying Ukraine with additional radars.
“We […] studying the Ukrainian request for radars, because the detection of strikes is crucial,” Lyakornyu said.
France recently delivered two batteries of Crotale mobile air defense systems promised on October 12, 2022 by French President Emmanuel Macron. Crotale NG can simultaneously track up to 12 targets at a distance of 18 kilometers and engage them within 11 kilometers with one of eight VT1 missiles.
Throughout the war, France also supplied Ukraine with Mistral man-portable anti-aircraft missiles (MANPADS).
Efforts to provide Ukraine with sufficient means to defend its airspace have accelerated since October 2022 after Russia launched a series of attacks on Ukrainian cities using cruise missiles, mainly Kalibr missiles, and Iranian Shahed-136 suicide drones.
https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/32721-uk-france-continue-reinforce-ukraine-air-defense Great Britain and France continue to strengthen the air defense of Ukraine