The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command has transported additional AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder radar systems to the Ukrainian military as part of a $200 million program to help Ukraine counter rocket, mortar and artillery threats.
The Fiscal Year 2016 Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative is a Defense Department program that aims to help build up Ukraine’s security forces in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, the Army said Wednesday.
“USASAC’s July delivery is in support of the FY ’16 Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, part of a much larger package that includes everything from communication and medical equipment to night vision devices, personal protection equipment, and military training,” said Jason Evans, USASAC’s country program manager for Ukraine.
Evans said the new delivery of Q-36 systems augments Ukraine’s current inventory of Q-48 counter-mortar radar systems.
USASAC’s Fort-Bragg-based subordinate U.S. Army Security Assistance Training Management Organization will provide training to the Q-36 radar military teams, with support from the Fire Center of Excellence and Tobyhanna Army Depot.