UK to send Challenger 2 tanks, AS-90 howitzers to Ukraine

By Defence Industry Europe

The United Kingdom's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced the UK will send Challenger 2 tanks and AS-90 self-propelled howitzers to aid the Ukrainian offensive.

According to the UK Prime Minister’s press service,  a squadron of 14 tanks will go into Ukraine in the coming weeks after the Prime Minister told President Zelenskyy that the UK would provide additional support to aid Ukraine’s land war. Around 30 AS90s, which are large, self-propelled guns, operated by five gunners, are expected to follow.

“The UK will begin training the Ukrainian Armed Forces to use the tanks and guns in the coming days, as part of wider UK efforts which have seen thousands of Ukrainian troops trained in the UK over the last six months,” announced Downing Street.

“The Prime Minister has already committed to match or exceed the UK’s defence support for Ukraine in 2023 and he instructed ministers and officials this week to ensure we are being proactive as possible across the full spectrum of our support,” UK Prime Minister’s press service stressed.



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