MIL-OSI Translation: Minister Blair announces additional military aid for Ukraine during the 23rd meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group

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MIL OSI Translation. Canadian French to English –

Source: Government of Canada – in French

June 13, 2024 – Brussels (Belgium) – National Defense/Canadian Armed Forces

Today, the Honorable Bill Blair, Minister of National Defense, participated in the 23rd meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group in Brussels, Belgium, hosted by Secretary to the Defense of the United States, Lloyd J. Austin III. The meeting brought together representatives from more than 50 countries. Minister Blair and his counterparts reaffirmed their unwavering support for Ukraine and received a battlefield update from the Minister of Defense and the General Staff of Ukraine.

During today’s meeting, Minister Blair announced that Canada plans to send an initial tranche of 2,300 CRV7 rocket engines to Ukraine. The decommissioned rocket engines were previously used by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) on CF-18 fighters. Over the past few months, Magellan Aerospace and Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) have been testing the rocket engines to ensure their viability following a request from the Ukrainian Armed Forces for the equipment .

Minister Blair also announced that Canada will donate 29 Nanuk turrets from the Canadian Armed Forces’ surplus inventory. The Nanuk is a remote-controlled gun station that can be integrated into various armored vehicle platforms and used for different mission profiles. The Nanuk systems were manufactured by Rheinmetall Canada and are used by the Canadian Army on its light armored vehicles.

In addition to these donations, Canada will send the Ukrainian armed forces more than 130,000 rounds of surplus small arms ammunition.

Minister Blair also confirmed that of the 50 armored combat support vehicles built by Canadian workers in London, Ontario, four are on their way to the Ukrainian armed forces. The first four vehicles, which are the ambulance type of vehicle, will be delivered to Europe in the coming weeks, where Ukrainian troops will receive instruction on their use.

Minister Blair also confirmed the following:

delivery of 900 Canadian-made drones previously announced will begin this month. These drones are capable of conducting surveillance, gathering intelligence, and transporting and delivering supplies. Further deliveries will follow over the coming months; the ten versatile rigid-hull boats that Canada was committed to providing Ukraine, including instruction, will be delivered in July. These boats will support Ukraine’s maritime operations, such as search and rescue, transport of troops and cargo, surveillance and reconnaissance.

Following the Ukraine Defense Contact Group meeting, Minister Blair signed the Armor Capabilities Coalition Letter of Intent, formalizing Canada’s membership in the coalition. Canada has actively participated in meetings of the armored capabilities coalition since its creation in January.

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