The Norwegian Government has announced the donation of 14 Iveco light-armoured vehicles (LAV III) to Ukraine.
According to the government, the armoured patrol vehicles in demand by the Ukrainian forces are similar to the ones used by Norwegian troops in Afghanistan.
The donated LAVs will offer mobility and high protection levels to the Ukrainian troops.
The LAV is an upgraded version of the Iveco light multirole vehicle (LMV), a four-wheel-drive, purpose-built military vehicle that can be operated in both protected and unprotected states.
Under its basic configuration, the 7t light armoured vehicle offers a maximum speed of 130km/h and a range of 600km.
In 2018, Iveco delivered the last allocation of fourth-generation LAVs to the Norwegian Army.
The latest contribution by Norway is in addition to military equipment, including artillery, portable anti-aircraft defence, and armoured personnel carriers already sent to Ukraine.
Norwegian Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram said: “Norway continues to contribute to the Ukrainian fight for freedom.
“The government is constantly assessing how Norway can provide further support to Ukraine in protecting the country from Russian invasion.”
In June this year, Norway delivered 22 M109 155mm tracked, self-propelled howitzers, spare parts, and ammunition to Ukraine.
It also trained Ukrainian servicemen in Germany on the use of the artillery system.
The US Department of Defense has started the process of procuring National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) to support Ukraine.
This was reported by a US defence ministry official, who did not disclose the specifications of the contracting process.