​Ukraine to Get 14 Iveco LAV III Armored Vehicles from Norway

Norway donates 14 Iveco LAV III armored vehicles to Ukraine / Photo credit: Forsvaret
Norway donates 14 Iveco LAV III armored vehicles to Ukraine / Photo credit: Forsvaret

Norway donates 14 IVECO LAV III armored patrol vehicles to the Ukrainian military

That's according to the Norwegian news site Norway Today, Ukrinform reports.

"Norway continues to contribute to the Ukrainians' fight for freedom. The government is constantly assessing how Norway can provide further support to Ukraine in the country's defense against Russia's invasion," said Defense Minister Bjørn Arild Gram, commenting on the transfer of armored vehicles.

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Ukraine to Get 14 Iveco LAV III Armored Vehicles from Norway, Defense Express
IVECO LAV III armored patrol vehicles were used by the Norwegian forces in Afghanistan / Photo credit: Forsvaret / Scanpix

According to the report, the Norwegian forces used the same type of vehicles in Afghanistan. These vehicles have good mobility and protection.

The donated vehicles are a variant of the Iveco LMV – an army multi-purpose SUV with an armored hull. The weight of the vehicle in the basic configuration is 7 tons, the maximum speed is 130 km/h, the range is 600 km.

Ukraine to Get 14 Iveco LAV III Armored Vehicles from Norway, Defense Express
As of 2016, the Norwegian Armed Forces had 170 IVECO LAVs in various modifications

As Defense Express reported, the Norwegian government donated 22 M109 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers to Ukraine as well as in cooperation with the United Kingdom, transfered 3 M270 multiple launch rocket systems to help the country repel Russian attacks.

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