It Became Known How Many Ukrainian Artillerymen Trained by the U.S

Ukrainian military trainers learn about the M141 Bunker Defeat Munition system at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center
Ukrainian military trainers learn about the M141 Bunker Defeat Munition system at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center

The Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said during a briefing that Hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers have either completed or are undergoing training on how to operate artillery, air defense radar systems, loitering drones armed with explosives and armored personnel carriers

According to his speech on Monday 9, the U.S. has trained more than 300 Ukrainian artillerymen on the American-made M777 howitzer, with 50 more learning howitzer maintenance, Kirby said. In a signal the U.S. military sees a long-running fight, the U.S. has included spare parts for howitzers in its shipments. Kirby said the maintenance course would likely become “an ongoing requirement.”

The American-made M777 howitzer
The American-made M777 howitzer

“We’re going to stay open-minded here, and if there’s a need for additional training, if there’s a need for other systems that could use some maintenance support, to include the provision of spare parts — because we can’t expect that the Ukrainians are going to necessarily have old spare parts for these things — then we’re going to do that,” Kirby said.

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Separately, 15 Ukrainian troops have completed a U.S. military training on AN/MPQ-64 Sentinel mobile air defense radars provided by Washington, and 60 Ukrainians have completed a course on the venerable M113 armored personnel carrier.

Over the weekend, about 20 Ukrainian soldiers wrapped up their week-long training on how to use the new Air Force-developed Phoenix Ghost drone, Kirby said Monday. They were trained by airmen at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, he said.

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