Canada donates 39 Armored Combat Support Vehicles to Ukraine

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MADRID ($1=0.95 Euros) — At the end of the summit of NATO leaders in Madrid, on Thursday, June 30, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada is working to finalize an agreement to provide Ukraine with 39 armored Combat Support Vehicles [ACSV].

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The machines were intended for the Canadian military and were in the process of being delivered, but will instead be handed over to the armed forces of Ukraine. The new armored vehicles will arrive as military-technical assistance, which is necessary for the fight against the occupation troops of the Russian Federation.

“The light armored vehicle we will send [to Ukraine] is extremely effective. We’re just happy to help and we’ll continue to explore options and respond to [Ukraine’s] requests,” Trudeau told reporters.

In addition to the armored vehicles, Canada will provide an additional six high-definition cameras for use on the Bayraktar TB2 drones, which are being ordered from Ukraine and manufactured in Turkey.

The armored personnel carriers are expected to arrive in Ukraine this summer after the Ukrainian military has completed the necessary training.

The agreement for the supply of armored vehicles for the armed forces of Ukraine, which are intended exclusively for the transport of troops, will be accompanied by a package of technical support from the manufacturer General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada.

The Canadian Army has ordered 360 ACSVs in eight variants as part of a $3 billion contract. The armored vehicle is equipped with a new generation suspension system and an improved power plant.

The protective capability of the ACSV armored personnel carrier is enhanced thanks to the double V-shaped bottom of the hull and special fasteners of the seat, which together increases the resistance to detonation from mines and improvised explosive devices by absorbing the energy of the explosion. The car can travel at a speed of over 100 km, with a mileage of 600 km at one gas station.

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It was also previously reported that Canada will provide Ukraine with 10 spare barrels intended for the M777 towed howitzers, which were previously transferred by Western partners to Ukraine’s armed forces to defend against Russian aggression.


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