Sweden Pledges Largest Military Aid to Ukraine: 13 Billion Kronor Package

The Swedish government announced a donation of military aid worth 13 billion kronor (USD 1.23 billion) to Ukraine. The aid includes air defense systems, artillery ammunition, and armored vehicles. Sweden has also ruled out sending JAS 39 Gripen jets for now, focusing instead on implementing the F-16 program in Ukraine.

PTI | Copenhagen | Updated: 29-05-2024 14:13 IST | Created: 29-05-2024 14:13 IST
Sweden Pledges Largest Military Aid to Ukraine: 13 Billion Kronor Package
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The Swedish government said on Wednesday that it will donate military aid to Ukraine worth 13 billion kUKRAINEronor (USD 1.23 billion) in the largest help package Sweden has so far donated.

"It consists of equipment that is at the top of Ukraine's priority list," Deputy Prime Minister Ebba Busch said. It included air defense, artillery ammunition and armoured vehicles.

Sweden's Defense Minister Pål Jonsson reiterated that the country has ruled out for now sending any Swedish-built JAS 39 Gripen jets to Ukraine, saying the focus on the Ukrainian side is on implementing the F-16 program.

Several countries have said they want to donate F-16 fighter jets. On Tuesday, Belgium pledged 30 F-16 jets to Ukraine. Jonsson said Sweden "is still working on possibly being able to contribute with the Gripen system later." The donation also includes two Swedish-made SAAB ASCC airborne early warning and control airplanes, saying that it will have the "greatest effect on the Ukrainian air defense" because it will complement and reinforce the promised donations of American F-16 fighter jets, Jonsson said.

"You can identify incoming cruise missile, you can identify drones and identify targets both on land and at sea," he said.

"The overall assessment is that a donation of the ASC 890 radar reconnaissance and command aircraft would be the most impactful for the Ukrainian Air Force right now," Jonsson added. The support package will be the 16th from Sweden since Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine began.

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