United States transfers two more radar systems to Ukraine's army
The United States has transferred two more AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder radar systems and radar support equipment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
"We provide this assistance because we are committed to helping Ukraine defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity," U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch said during an official ceremony, which was broadcast by UA:TV on Facebook.
The United States has already transferred 11 Firefinder radar systems to Ukraine in total, she said.
Ambassador Yovanovitch transferred two Firefinder radar systems and radar support equipment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces today. “We provide this assistance because we are committed to helping Ukraine defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” she said. pic.twitter.com/CbpCZH4dhd— U.S. Embassy Kyiv (@USEmbassyKyiv) August 17, 2018
According to her, these radars will allow the Ukrainian army to prevent civilian and military casualties from enemy shelling.
The radar is typically trailer mounted and towed by a Humvee.
"These radars boast due vigilance and provide reassurance against artillery bombardment – one of the leading causes of casualties in the eastern front," Yovanovitch said.
"Russian-led forces will no longer be able to fire mortars and artillery with impunity <…>. The TPQ-36 radar allows Ukrainian artillery formations to detect, locate and defeat enemy, counteract fire quickly and precisely, avoiding collateral damage," the ambassador said.
"A number of Firefinder radars have already been deployed to the east, improving Ukraine's detection and response capabilities," she said.
Yovanovitch stressed that these radars are "just a small but very important part of over one billion dollars in security assistance the United States has provided to Ukraine since 2014."
"And we will continue working with our Ukrainian partners to help increase Ukraine's military capacity," Yovanovitch said.