Australia sends six 155mm howitzers and ammo to Ukraine

Australia has sent six M777 155mm lightweight towed howitzers and ammunition to Europe for on-forwarding to Ukraine.

CAPTIONRoyal 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”.

 

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 aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland. Photo by Leading Aircraftwoman Emma Schwenke.
An M777 155mm lightweight towed howitzer bound for Ukraine is loaded onto a C-17A Globemaster at RAAF Base Amberley. Photo by Leading Aircraftwoman Emma Schwenke.

 

   

“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.

 

Four M777 155mm lightweight towed howitzer and other freight on board a RAAF C-17 Globemaster at RAAF Base Amberley awaiting departure for Ukraine. Photo by Leading Aircraftwoman Emma Schwenke. Image altered by Defence ‘for operation security reasons’.

 

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.

 

Earlier:
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.

Australian-donated Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles lined up ready to be loaded onto an Antonov AN-124 cargo aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley. Photo by Corporal Jesse Kane.
Australian-donated Bushmaster protected mobility vehicles lined up ready to be loaded onto an Antonov AN-124 cargo aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley. Photo by Corporal Jesse Kane.

 

 


 
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4 thoughts on “Australia sends six 155mm howitzers and ammo to Ukraine

  • 05/05/2022 at 2:08 pm
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    These submitted by email without explanation – though I guess the author meant that we could improve the tagging on donated equipment to not only identify where the item was going, but also where it came from. I like the idea.

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  • 02/05/2022 at 7:41 pm
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    Pity the UN.aren’t helping more then they are for They may be next on this madman’s Putin lists to dictate or dominate or kill servillians with his criminal communist party government lacies! Cheers 🍻 Biro 👍🍻🇦🇺

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    • 15/06/2022 at 1:09 pm
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      Good On Ya William!!!

      Just for your info the Communist Party is the OPPOSITION PARTY in Russia.

      Putin is considered a Dove by many in Russia.

      But never let the facts get in the way of a good hate-on, hey?

      P.S. Love your use of emojis, got a lot of keyboard time, hey?

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  • 01/05/2022 at 5:04 pm
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    This is a good contribution to these people who are being invaded by Putrid Putin and his cronies. Shoot straight you blokes and give them more then you got.

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