159 containers of ammunition are traveling from Pakistan to Ukraine
NEW DELHI, INDIA — Pakistan is in the process of delivering 159 containers of ammunition to Ukraine, including artillery shells and projectile charges. The vessel with this cargo is en route from Karachi to Gdansk. The case was reported by the Indian media, in particular indiatimes.com.
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According to this source, 159 containers are due to arrive in Poland in the second half of January aboard the BBC vessel Vesuvius. Ammunition will be 155 mm artillery shells, M4A4 projectile charges, PDM fuzes, and M82 capsules. Indian media reported the case from undisclosed sources.
This is not the first Pakistani aid to Ukraine. It previously helped supply arms jointly with the United Kingdom. Pakistan then provided its Rawalpindi airbase. British C-17 Globemaster III aircraft landed on it. They transported ammunition to Romania, from where it was transported to Ukraine.
Indiatimes.com claims that in return, the Pakistanis will receive help from the Ukrainians to upgrade their Mi-17 helicopters from the Motor Sich plant. Perhaps these treatments will be combined with motorization for more modern Ukrainian engines. Of course, this could only be done after the war.
Indian media added that Pakistan and Ukraine have a history of long-standing defense cooperation, in which Ukraine is the donor of technology and armaments and Pakistan the recipient.
According to these figures, Pakistan had to make purchases in Ukraine worth $1.6 billion, including the acquisition of 320 T-80UD tanks. Before the war, repairs worth US$85.6 million had to be carried out.
Pakistan, as Ukraine’s traditional defense partner for 30 years, is creating a partnership rivaling similar cooperation between Russia and India. The country could theoretically provide Ukraine with many interesting weapons and ammunition systems, potentially including Warsaw Pact-era gun calibers of 122 mm and 152, but it would also be interesting to re-export the T-80UD.
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