Norway has pledged to donate Hellfire missiles and night vision equipment to Ukraine.
The donation includes around “160 missiles, launching pads, and guidance units.” The night vision equipment – including night vision goggles and binoculars – will be “drawn from Armed Forces inventories.”
Norwegian Minister of Defense Bjørn Arild Gram made the announcement at a meeting with the defense ministers of more than 40 countries in Germany on Thursday.
The meeting was held to discuss further military support for the embattled Eastern European nation as it continues to defend itself against the ongoing Russian invasion.
Donated Weapons and Equipment to Be Replaced
The Hellfire missiles being shipped to Ukraine were originally purchased for the Norwegian Coastal Ranger Commando.
An armament already requested by Ukrainian officials, the weapon “is easy to operate, and can be used against both land- and sea-targets,” Gram said.
The missiles were “tested and verified” and have already been shipped. Furthermore, Norwegian instructors have already trained Ukrainians in the weapon’s use.
The Norwegian Armed Forces scheduled the Hellfire system to be phased out, as it is nearing the end of its service life.
The night vision goggles and binoculars have already been replaced by newer Norwegian Armed Forces equipment.