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US delivers three counter-mortar radar systems to Ukraine

November 22, 2014, 5:07 UTC+3 WASHINGTON
Radar systems see incoming mortar fire and quickly calculate the point of origin of a mortar round fired by the enemy
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WASHINGTON, November 22. /TASS/. The US military delivered three lightweight, counter-mortar radar systems to Ukrainian armed forces on November 20, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

The radar systems are the first few of 20 that Washington plans to send to Ukraine during the next several weeks. In mid-December, US military instructors plan to start training Ukrainian armed forces.

“The radar systems see incoming mortar fire and quickly calculate the point of origin of a mortar round fired by the enemy, and allows friendly forces to react appropriately,” Warren said.

According to the Pentagon spokesman, the Ukrainian armed forces will determine how, where and when they will use the systems.

“It’s also up to the Ukrainians if they attach these radar [systems] to a fire-direction system, which will allow for counter battery fires, or if they use them independently and react with ground forces,” he said.

The radar systems are part of the $118 million aid package for this year in equipment and training that the US has committed to assisting Ukraine’s troops.

A US 12-member team has also recently completed some medical training in Ukraine.

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