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  • Writer's pictureOlga Nesterova

Sweden to Boost Ukraine's Defense with €1.16 Billion Aid Package

Sweden will donate Airborne Surveillance and Control aircraft (ASC 890) to Ukraine.
Photo by The Swedish Armed Forces and Måns Thuresson

In a significant move to bolster Ukraine's defense capabilities, Swedish Minister for Defense, Pal Jonson, has announced a groundbreaking aid package dubbed "Package 16."

Valued at €1.16 billion, this aid package marks Sweden's largest military contribution yet to Ukraine.

The cornerstone of this assistance is the donation of Airborne Surveillance and Control aircraft (ASC 890) to Ukraine. These sophisticated aircraft will equip Ukraine with advanced capabilities to detect and counter both airborne and maritime threats, significantly enhancing their long-range target identification abilities. This addition will synergize with Ukraine's existing fleet of F-16 fighter jets, amplifying their effectiveness.

Furthermore, the aid package includes the donation of AMRAAM missiles to augment Ukraine's air defense capabilities.

In addition to aviation support, Sweden will contribute to Ukraine's ground forces by donating its entire inventory of armored tracked personnel carriers (PBV 302). This contribution will aid in the establishment and reinforcement of new Ukrainian brigades. Complementing this donation, Sweden will provide artillery ammunition and resources for the maintenance of previously donated military equipment.

The aid package extends beyond hardware donations, encompassing logistical and financial support.

Sweden will deliver surplus tank vehicles from its armed forces and provide ongoing maintenance for previously donated equipment. Financial assistance will be directed towards capability coalitions, funds, and temporary initiatives to facilitate rapid and large-scale procurement of essential military resources for Ukraine.

Recognizing the importance of research and development in enhancing defense capabilities, the Swedish Defence Research Agency will collaborate with Ukraine to establish its own defense research institute. This partnership aims to foster innovation and technological advancement within Ukraine's defense sector.

Furthermore, the aid package includes provisions to strengthen Ukraine's command and control infrastructure. Sweden will donate terminals equipped with satellite communication subscriptions, enhancing Ukraine's ability to coordinate and communicate effectively across its defense network.

Sweden's commitment to Ukraine's defense underscores its dedication to promoting stability and security in the region. The "Package 16" aid initiative stands as a testament to the strong bilateral relations between Sweden and Ukraine, as well as Sweden's broader commitment to international security cooperation.


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