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Ukrainian army to get 18 Bohdana howitzers financed by Denmark in coming months

11 July, 2024 Thursday
14:55

The first batch of 18 Ukrainian Bohdana self-propelled howitzers, funded by Denmark, will be delivered to Ukraine's Armed Forces in the coming months

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The Danish Defense Ministry reports.

Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen emphasized that in this way the equipment that Ukrainians need at the front can be produced and delivered directly in Ukraine.

"This has obvious logistical advantages and at the same time contributes to the development of the defense industry in Ukraine. Here, Ukrainian-made artillery shells play a key role as a pilot project," the minister said.

Read also Ukraine’s Bohdana self-propelled howitzer: specifications and production history 

Such assistance is based on the recommendations of Ukraine's Defense Ministry and the Ministry of Strategic Industries.

"I hope that more countries will follow the Danish procurement model in Ukraine. Ukrainians' capabilities to produce equipment are greater than the funding they have now," added Troels Lund Poulsen.

For reference. The Bohdana self-propelled howitzer is a joint development of the Kramatorsk Heavy Machine Tool Plant and the Ukrainian Armor Company, the first Ukrainian weapon system of NATO standard. The caliber of the gun is 155 mm.

On June 13, Ukraine and Denmark signed a memorandum according to which Denmark became the first NATO country to invest in the production of Ukrainian weapons and equipment.

"This is a great step, as Denmark has become the first foreign NATO country to invest in arms production in Ukraine. This is a confirmation that the Ukrainian defense industry is ready for international cooperation and is able to meet the highest standards," said Ukraine's Defense Minister Rustem Umerov.

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