The Swedish Government has provided additional artillery ammunition worth $46.86m (Skr500m) to strengthen the capabilities of Ukrainian troops.

According to Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister Ann Linde, the aid is the country’s seventh military package to support the war-torn country. 

In a Twitter post, the minister also said the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) and armed forces will explore the possibility of providing Ukraine with the Archer artillery system, the RBS70 air defence system, and other equipment.

In response, Ukrainian Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov thanked the Foreign Affairs Minister and Swedish Defence Minister Peter Hultqvist for the aid package.

“Great news from Sweden: seventh military package with artillery ammo will strengthen #UAarmy. Together we will restore peace and security in Europe,” Reznikov tweeted.

The latest assistance follows Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson’s recent announcement to commit $93.59m (Skr1bn) in additional military and civilian aid for Ukraine.  

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The decision was in response to Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba’s request to provide the country with weapons, including howitzers and shells.

US Defense Acquisition and Sustainment Undersecretary William LaPlante said National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) will enhance Ukraine’s defence capabilities to counter uncrewed aerial vehicles, helicopters, and cruise missiles.

The NASAMS is part of the third Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) package, worth $820m. The package also includes over 150,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition, and four counter-artillery radars. 

The US Army recently awarded a not-to-exceed letter contract to Raytheon Technologies’ Raytheon Missiles and Defense in this regard. 

Valued at $182m, the contract requires the company to deliver two NASAMS batteries, and training and logistical support to Ukrainian military and security forces. 

LaPlante said: “NASAMS are just the latest in the diverse set of air defence capabilities we are delivering to Ukraine.”