Sweden will provide Ukraine with a $200 million military aid package: the condition for the transfer of fighter jets is announced
Sweden has announced a new package of military aid to the Ukrainian army worth SEK 2.2 billion ($200 million). The package mainly includes ammunition and spare parts for systems already donated, but the transfer of fighter jets is still being studied, as there are conditions.
What is being transferred to Ukraine
Sweden wants to give Ukraine 155-mm artillery ammunition, which is used in several Western artillery systems.
In the 13th package of support from Sweden, the Ukrainian Armed Forces received spare parts and ammunition, in particular for the CV90 combat vehicle. It is currently proposed to provide additional spare parts and ammunition.
Ukraine will also receive infantry equipment, such as protective vests and automatic carbines. In addition, group equipment, such as all-terrain vehicles in the form of four-wheelers, stretchers, night vision devices and binoculars, as well as winter gear.
The proposed support package includes satellite communications equipment for voice, video and data transmission.
In addition, Sweden is also planning to decide on expanding its participation in the UK-led Operation Interflex and in the Scandinavian demining training in Lithuania. The UK-led basic training aims to train 30,000 Ukrainian military personnel every quarter, and Sweden plans to continue its participation with up to 120 instructors in 2024.
Lithuania is training Ukrainian officers in qualified demining with the aim of achieving instructor status in their associations. Sweden is expected to contribute up to five instructors as part of the multilateral instructor pool. In addition to these planned training efforts, the Armed Forces will be given enhanced opportunities to train Ukrainian personnel in Sweden on short notice.
The issue of fighter jets is still being analyzed
According to the official, the new package of military support for the Ukrainian state will be the 14th since the beginning of the war. Thus, the total cost of assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine from the Scandinavian country will be just over 22 billion kronor.
At a press conference on this issue, the Swedish Defense Minister emphasized that the government has also officially instructed its armed forces to analyze whether the country will be able to send Jas Gripen (JAS 39) aircraft to Ukraine.
To recap: Kyiv hopes to receive a division or 16-18 fighter jets from Sweden. However, the Swedish Armed Forces have yet to determine how this will affect their own country's defense capabilities. After all, the Swedish air defense system currently has about 90 serviceable Jas Gripen aircraft.
Now, the defense ministry's website states that a prerequisite for possible support for the JAS 39 is that Sweden must first become a NATO member. The appointment is to be announced on November 6, when the Swedish Supreme Commander-in-Chief "leaves his military council."
"The report should include, among other things, the impact on defense capability, the defense economy and other defense activities and planning. An important starting point for the analysis is the familiarization training on the JAS 39 Gripen that Ukrainian pilots and ground personnel have received under the auspices of the Swedish Armed Forces. The Armed Forces should also inform about the terms of possible support within the international F-16 coalition, of which Sweden is a part," the Swedish Defense Ministry explained.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL, Sweden has previously handed over ten Stridsvagn 122 tanks to Ukraine (a modernized version of the German Leopard 2). Along with this equipment, Ukrainian Armed Forces soldiers who had been trained in Sweden returned to Ukraine.
At the same time, MP Petro Poroshenko took part in an international security conference in Visby and met with Swedish Defense Minister Paul Johnson. The Ukrainian politician thanked for 13 packages of military aid from Stockholm to the Ukrainian Armed Forces and expressed hope for the fourteenth.