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Sweden to deliver heavy weapons package to Ukraine

On 24 February the Swedish Government presented a new extensive support package for Ukraine which includes subsystems of the HAWK anti-aircraft system and essential parts of the IRIS-T anti-aircraft system, in cooperation with Germany. Sweden also intends to provide up to ten Stridsvagn 122 main battle tanks (MBTs).

In what will be the eleventh support package provided to Ukraine, the Swedish Government plans to donate defence equipment that is highly prioritised by Ukraine in its requests for assistance.

Ukraine has stated that air defence systems, ability for long-range precision combat, and various types of combat vehicles and battle tanks are particularly essential.

In response to Ukrainian requests Sweden intends to donate parts of the Hawk air defence system as well as insuring Ukraine’s access to additional IRIS-T air defence system, for which Sweden is providing essential parts.

To further strengthen Ukraine’s defence, the Government intends to donate up to ten Stridsvagn 122 MBTs, subject to authorisation by the Riksdag.

The Stridsvagn 122 MBT is based on the German Leopard 2A5 MBT with a new fire-control system and armour package.

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