The Government of Norway has announced that it will cooperate with the UK to transfer M270 Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) to Ukraine.

As part of efforts to arm the Ukrainian forces with more weapon support, Norway will transfer three units of MLRS to the UK. 

Norwegian Defence Minister Bjørn Arild Gram said: “Our weapons are in need of a significant modernisation, so we agreed with the British that they will receive Norwegian weapons to be able to ship [as] part of their MLRS to Ukraine.”

According to open data, the Ukraine Armed Forces currently possess 12 M270 MLRS units.

Norway will also donate 5,000 grenades to Ukraine, in addition to the 5,000 grenades provided earlier.

Gram added: “It is important that there is ammunition in Ukraine for the weapon systems that were already delivered.

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“This [M270 MLRS] is a weapon that has range and accuracy and is, therefore, a significant contribution.”

The M270 MLRS is a 227mm, highly mobile, rocket artillery system manufactured by Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. It fires surface-to-surface rockets and army tactical missile systems.

At a Nato summit held in Madrid, alliance leaders decided on a stronger forward defence posture in the wake of Russia’s unprovoked assault on Ukraine.

During the summit, UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace announced an increased contribution to the organisation to ensure stability across Europe.

Under Nato’s New Force Model, the UK will provide RAF Typhoon and F-35B Lightning fighter jets, vessels, and brigade-sized land forces to the alliance’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

It will also support the new Allied Reaction Force, which is a multi-domain force formed to respond during crisis situations.

The country also plans to enhance the lethality of its deployments in Estonia with helicopters and artillery systems. 

US President Joe Biden said that the country will increase its troop presence in Europe.

At present, more than 100,000 US service members are deployed across Europe.

Biden said: “In Poland, we’re going to establish a permanent headquarters of the US 5th Army Corps and strengthen Nato interoperability across the entire eastern flank.”  

In order to strengthen Nato’s deterrence and defence posture in Latvia, Canadian Minister of National Defence Anita Anand signed a joint declaration with Latvian Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Dr Artis Pabriks.

As per the agreement, Canada will continue to lead Nato forces as the Framework Nation in Latvia and establish elements of a forward brigade command and control.

Earlier this month, the UK proposed a new training programme for the Ukrainian armed forces.