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​Ukrainian Military Will Ride Austrian Motorcycles, Fly in German Helicopters

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Lithuanian motorcyclist Balys Bardauskas helped Ukrainian military to fight with russian occupiers riding KTM  / Photo credit: madeinvilnius.lt
Lithuanian motorcyclist Balys Bardauskas helped Ukrainian military to fight with russian occupiers riding KTM / Photo credit: madeinvilnius.lt

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine took delivery of new models of military equipment - the Bo 105 E-4 helicopter and the KTM 450 EHS high-speed motorcycle

This was reported by the press service of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense.

"Next samples of military equipment – a Bo 105 E-4 helicopter and a KTM 450 EXC motorcycle – have been accepted for delivery to the Armed Forces of Ukraine," the report reads.

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According to the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine the German-made Bo 105 E-4 multi-purpose helicopter is used for surveillance. It can also carry passengers and cargo while with the help of the high-speed KTM 450 EHS motorcycle servicemen and light weapons could be transported over rough terrain.

The Bo 105 is a light multipurpose twin-engine helicopter developed by the German company Messerschmitt-Bölkow-Blohm.

Ukrainian Military Will Ride Austrian Motorcycles, Fly in German  Bo 105-E4  Helicopters, Defense Express
The Bo 105-E4 helicopter is an export version undergoing modernization based on the Bo 105P anti-tank helicopters previously used by the Bundeswehr / Open source photo

The helicopter can take up to 4 people on board, the maximum take-off weight is 2500 kilograms. The practical range reaches 575 kilometers. Cruising speed is 204 kilometers per hour.

KTM 450 EHS is a cross-country (enduro) motorcycle, which is a certain benchmark among motorsports enthusiasts. The motorcycle was constantly improved due to feedback from riders.

Ukrainian Military Will Ride Austrian Motorcycles, Fly in German Helicopters, Motorcycle KTM 450 EX, Defense Express
Motorcycle KTM 450 EX / Open source photo

The motorcycle has a gasoline engine with a capacity of 48 horsepower, the weight of the motorcycle is 105 kilograms.

The motorcycle is used during special operations for the transportation of personnel and light weapons on rough terrain.

As reported by media, the Lithuanian motorcyclist, a participant in the Dakar rally, Balys Bardauskas, has been handing over to Ukrainian military personnel such special motorcycles by KTM, adapted for military needs, since the beginning of the large-scale invasion of Russia in Ukraine in February 2022.

Ukrainian Military Will Ride Austrian Motorcycles, Fly in German Helicopters, Lithuanian motorcyclist Balys Bardauskas, Defense Express
Lithuanian motorcyclist Balys Bardauskas planned in 2022 to buy for as many as 300 motorcycles, for Ukrainians facilitating reconnaissance and other types of operations - tap the picture to find more detailes / Photo credit: madeinvilnius.lt

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