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  • Monash
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    2026?

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  • TopHatter
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    Sweden plans $7 billion more military support for Ukraine to 2026


    Ukrainian President Zelenskiy meets Swedish Prime Minister Kristersson in Harpsund

    STOCKHOLM (Reuters) -The Swedish government has agreed on additional military support to Ukraine totalling 75 billion crowns ($7.01 billion) over three years, it said on Wednesday.

    The minority government said military support under the framework agreed with its supporting party could include donations of defence equipment, financial contributions and financial support for the procurement of defence gear.

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on X the decision "demonstrates Sweden's practical solidarity with Ukraine in our struggle for freedom".

    The 75 billion crowns will be equally divided over the three years. Including the proposed addition, Sweden's total planned military and other support to Ukraine will amount to over 100 billion crowns.

    "To strengthen the Swedish support to Ukraine, and increase the long-term perspective, the government and the Sweden Democrats have agreed to introduce a framework for the military support to Ukraine for the years 2024–2026," the government said.

    It said the framework agreement may weigh on the Nordic country's public finances beyond 2026.

    Ukraine's Defence Minister Rustem Umerov said Swedish-made weapons had "already proven themselves on the battlefield".

    "Archers and CV-90s help Ukrainian defenders drive the enemy out of our land," he said on X.
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  • Albany Rifles
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    Thanks Kato

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  • kato
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    Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    Problem probably more for the GE Army threads but... In the German Army do the forward observers belong to the supported units or are they sent per mission by the supporting artillery?
    Artillery observers in the Bundeswehr are a function of Joint Fire Support Teams, which combine a forward "ground-ground" observer vehicle/troop with an air control "air-ground" vehicle/troop. These teams are tasked with directing artillery gunfire, rocket artillery, mortars, close air support by helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft and naval gunfire as well as acting as a control cell for local airspace.

    JFSTs are organized in platoons (five teams plus coordination cell) and attached to the heavy weapons companies of light and medium infantry (not mechanized, not armoured troops!) as well as each artillery battery. The JFST platoons in artillery batallions are intended to support mechanized/armoured units and are therefore also equipped with heavier vehicles.

    In the current restructuring the JFST platoons in (brigade) artillery batallions will be separated from the batteries and form their own observer battery.

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  • TopHatter
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    Originally posted by Albany Rifles View Post
    The Secretary General is 100% correct. NATO has Over Promised & Under Delivered for sure. I know some are tired of hearing but the problem with the US delivering was the hold up with a certain House Caucus. The Administration has done as much they could do under previous funding and law. Some folks put their jobs on the line to skirt some acquisition laws I would steer well clear of. But things are changing, I know we have stuff already on the way...hope & pray it is in time.
    Bravo!

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  • Albany Rifles
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    The Secretary General is 100% correct. NATO has Over Promised & Under Delivered for sure. I know some are tired of hearing but the problem with the US delivering was the hold up with a certain House Caucus. The Administration has done as much they could do under previous funding and law. Some folks put their jobs on the line to skirt some acquisition laws I would steer well clear of. But things are changing, I know we have stuff already on the way...hope & pray it is in time.


    https://www.reuters.com/world/europe...se-2024-04-29/


    NATO chief, on unannounced Kyiv visit, says arms flows to Ukraine will increase

    By Reuters
    April 29, 20248:49 AM EDT

    Updated 3 hours ago





    Item 1 of 3 Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg attend a press conference, amid Russia’s attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine, April 29, 2024. REUTERS/Thomas Peter
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    KYIV, April 29 (Reuters) - NATO boss Jens Stoltenberg told Ukrainians on Monday that his alliance’s members had failed to live up to their promises of military aid in recent months, but said the flow of arms and ammunition would now increase.
    In an unannounced visit to Ukraine, the secretary general of the transatlantic military alliance held talks with President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and was due to address Ukraine’s parliament, the Rada.

    His visit – the third since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022 - comes at a difficult time on the battlefield for Ukraine. After a failed Ukrainian counter-offensive last year, Russian forces have gained the initiative – at least in part due to a dearth of arms and ammunition from Kyiv’s Western partners.
    “I will also be very honest with President Zelenskiy and also with the Rada that NATO allies have not delivered what we have promised over the last months,” Stoltenberg said on the train taking him into Kyiv on Monday.

    “The United States spent six months to agree a package and European allies have not delivered the ammunition we promised. But now I’m confident that things will change,” he said.
    Stoltenberg pointed to the U.S. Congress now having approved a Ukraine aid package worth more than $60 billion, swiftly signed into law by President Joe Biden, and an announcement last week by British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of a “record high” commitment to Kyiv.


    He also noted Germany had agreed to provide a new Patriot air defence system to Ukraine and the Netherlands had boosted its aid to Kyiv. He said he expected other "new commitments to come".
    "This will make a difference – as the lack of support made a difference,” he said, alluding to Ukrainian setbacks on the battlefield.
    He said the Russians had paid "a high price for marginal territorial gains" and Ukraine could still turn things around.

    "It's not too late for Ukraine to prevail. But that’s why it's so urgent that NATO allies now actually do what we had promised and that we turn those commitments into real deliveries of weapons and ammunition and I’m now confident that will now happen.”

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  • Albany Rifles
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    Kato,

    Problem probably more for the GE Army threads but... In the German Army do the forward observers belong to the supported units or are they sent per mission by the supporting artillery?

    Thanks

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  • Albany Rifles
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    Originally posted by Officer of Engineers View Post
    Pretty tough career posting though. You're away from your family for years. I would not have brought my family there if there were no schools or even indoor plumbing. There's not even a STARBUCKS.
    Don't know about the Starbucks, but can it be a situation like we have in Korea? 1 year unaccompanied tours? Avoids the issues with infrastructure costs as well as NEO issues.

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  • Monash
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    I'm sure you can catch a train or plane back to Germany in a couple of hours. And if you think Starbucks serves good coffee? You don't deserve to see your family ever again.

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  • Officer of Engineers
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    Originally posted by Monash View Post
    I can think of worse postings.
    Pretty tough career posting though. You're away from your family for years. I would not have brought my family there if there were no schools or even indoor plumbing. There's not even a STARBUCKS.

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  • Monash
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    I can think of worse postings.

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  • kato
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    Originally posted by TopHatter View Post
    However, this is the first permanent standalone German deployment, not on rotation as part of a multinational force.
    The brigade will be formed from two bataillons that are being removed from other brigades (bringing those down to three instead of four maneuver bataillons). The third bataillon of the Lithuania Brigade will be the EFP bataillon, which will still be rotating. Support troops (including an artillery battery) are currently embedded in the EFP bataillon, and at least so far there have been no announcements that these will be expanded.

    Official designation of the Lithuania Brigade will be the 45th Armored Brigade. Planned stationing for the two bataillons (and brigade-level support troops) will be the current Rudninkai training ground which is less than 5 km from the border to Belarus. The EFP bataillon will stay in Rukla in central Lithuania, co-stationed with the support troops of the only Lithuanian combat brigade.

    What is being send now is just a platoon-sized staff team as an ahead command, which is planned to a 150-men staff company by the end of the year.

    They do have significant problems finding volunteers to be permanently deployed to Lithuania. In one of the two bataillons slated for redeployment about 50% have declared they'd be willing to go. This is despite the MoD already announcing that there'll be significant bonus payments for volunteers (about 50% higher pay for singles, 100% higher if bringing family). The problem many have is that despite Lithuanian assurances to provide the necessary civilian dependent housing and infrastructure (schools etc) zero there has been zero movement so far in such investment - other than a statement of the Lithuanian government that they "will need to" invest 800 million Euro for this "in the coming years".

    Last edited by kato; 10 Apr 24,, 19:47.

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  • TopHatter
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    German troops arrive in Lithuania, their first long-term foreign deployment since World War II


    German Army Chief Lt. Gen. Alfons Mais listens to a question during a media joint conference with Lithuanian Chief of Defence Gen. Valdemaras Rupsys and Lithuanian Defense Minister Laurynas Kasciunas as members of the Headquarters initial command element of the Bundeswehr's 45th Brigade Lithuania arrival by plane at a airport in Vilnius, Lithuania, Monday, April 8, 2024. Germany has made a commitment to deploy a heavy brigade with three maneuver battalions and all necessary enablers, including combat support and provision units, to Lithuania. In total, approx. 5 thousand German military and civilian personnel are expected to move to Lithuania with families in stationing the Brigade.

    VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Lithuanian leaders hailed a “historic event” as Germany on Monday began deploying troops in the Baltic country — a NATO member — marking the first time since World War II that German forces will be based outside the country on a long-term basis.

    About two dozen soldiers arrived in Lithuania, laying the groundwork for a further 150 to join them later this year. The deployment is expected to be up to its full strength of 5,000 by the end of 2027.

    “This is the first time that we have permanently stationed such a unit outside of Germany,” German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said in Berlin at a farewell ceremony for the preliminary command of Germany’s Lithuanian brigade, according to German news agency dpa. Pistorius called it "an important day for the German army.”

    In the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, Defense Minister Laurynas Kasciunas said that the move was “a great example” for all the countries on NATO's eastern flank, on the border with Russia and its ally, Belarus.

    “We will create such a defense and deterrence architecture that no adversary from the east will even think about testing NATO’s Article 5,” he told reporters.

    Article 5 on collective defense is at the heart of the 32-member North Atlantic Treaty Organization. It states that an armed attack against one or more of the members shall be considered an attack against all.

    Some 4,800 soldiers and around 200 civilians with the German army will be stationed permanently in Lithuania, which is increasingly worried by its aggressive neighbors.

    Under an agreement, Lithuania is preparing military bases for the German brigade to be deployed in this Baltic state bordering Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave to the west and Belarus to the east.

    The German army, the Bundeswehr, has taken part in long-term operations abroad since the 1990s, first in the Balkans and then in combat operations in Afghanistan. At the moment, the Bundeswehr says German soldiers are deployed in Europe, Asia and Africa, as well as in the Mediterranean.

    However, this is the first permanent standalone German deployment, not on rotation as part of a multinational force.

    Kasciunas said the German brigade is expected to reach full operational capacity by 2027.

    “For us, this means more effective deterrence of the enemy and even greater security. It is an example of exceptional leadership and commitment as we actually see NATO’s collective defence and unity at work,” Lithuania Chief of Defence Valdemaras Rupsys added.

    Up to one-third of troops are expected to bring their family members, according to the Lithuanian Defense Ministry.

    Pistorius said Germany "will do everything we can to equip the brigade as it needs to be equipped from the outset.”
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    Way to step up to the plate Germany!

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  • Albany Rifles
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    Originally posted by Monash View Post

    Perun's latest upload does a review on this topic. SK has shot up the league table in the international arms trade to number two behind America and has positioned it itself to become a dominant player in land, sea and air systems. (Case in point it the new KI-21 4.5/5th gen fighter jet.)
    They make very good kit!

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  • Monash
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    Originally posted by Ironduke View Post
    South Korean defense industry production capabilities seems to put the entire West to shame.

    https://www.csis.org/analysis/can-so...rescue-ukraine
    Perun's latest upload does a review on this topic. SK has shot up the league table in the international arms trade to number two behind America and has positioned it itself to become a dominant player in land, sea and air systems. (Case in point it the new KI-21 4.5/5th gen fighter jet.)
    Last edited by Monash; 04 Apr 24,, 01:51.

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