Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week that Canada would provide “heavy artillery” without providing details.
According to CBC News, citing three Department of Defense sources, four of the 37 howitzers Canada purchased during the war in Afghanistan were shipped to Ukraine.
Defense Minister Anita Anand acknowledged the shipment in a press release on Friday, but she did not provide details, saying only that
a number of M-777 howitzers had been sent to Ukraine
in collaboration with our American allies.
These weapons come from the inventory of the 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, based in Shilo, Manitoba, said two of the Ministry of Defense sources.
The shipment also included an unspecified amount of ammunition, the statement said.
One of the three defense sources said the shipment included a number of precision-guided Excalibur rounds left over from the war in Afghanistan. GPS-guided shells are worth around US$112,000 each.
” Although this equipment comes from the Canadian Armed Forces inventory, the capability will be replenished. »
Other military equipment provided
Canada recently shipped some of its aging stockpile of Carl Gustaf anti-tank weapons to Ukraine, and the Department of Defense said it had provided a
significant number of additional anti-armour rocketswhich had been requested by the Ukrainians.
The Minister of Defense also said that the government was in the process of finalizing contracts for
a number of commercial model armored vehicles, which will be sent to Ukraine as soon as possible .
Ottawa has also set up a service contract for the maintenance and repair of specialized drone cameras that Canada has already provided to Ukraine.
As Ukrainians fight to defend their sovereignty, freedom and independence, Canada remains committed to continuing to provide Ukraine with the military equipment it needs to fight and win this war. Ms. Anand said in her statement.
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Canada has come under pressure to provide heavy weapons, as other allies continue to provide deadlier aid, both overtly and covertly.
Based on CBC’s Murray Brewster report News