Australia has sent six M777 155mm lightweight towed howitzers and ammunition to Europe for on-forwarding to Ukraine.
CAPTION: Royal Australian Air Force air movements operators from No. 23 Squadron load a M777 155mm lightweight towed howitzer bound for Ukraine onto a C-17A Globemaster III at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland. Photo by Leading Aircraftwoman Emma Schwenke.
In a joint statement today, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minster Peter Dutton said the additional military assistance would further support Ukraine “in its response to Russia’s brutal, unrelenting and illegal invasion”.
“This $26.7 million in new support for Ukraine takes Australia’s total contribution to Ukraine to more than $225 million,” the statement said.
The statement did not say how much ammunition would be supplied.
The six guns were taken by truck from 1st Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery at Gallipoli Barracks in Brisbane last Friday and departed earlier today on a C-17A Globemaster from RAAF Base Amberley.
The United States has pledged to provide 90 M777 155mm howitzers and 184,000 shells to Ukraine, from their total fleet of 1001.
Australia only had 54 guns to start with – now down to 48.
The last of 20 Australian Army Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles left RAAF Base Amberley last week, aboard a Ukraine-based Antonov AN-124.
Fourteen of the 20 Bushmasters supplied to Ukraine from Australia were equipped with remote weapon stations.