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Published:November 22nd, 2014 10:24 EST
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U.S. Delivers Radar Systems to Ukraine

By SOP newswire3


By Terri Moon Cronk
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

The U.S. military delivered three lightweight, counter-mortar radar systems yesterday to Ukrainian armed forces, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.

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The radar systems are the first few of 20 that will be delivered during the next several weeks and U.S. military members will begin training Ukrainian armed forces in mid-December, Warren said.

Systems "See` Incoming Mortar Fire

The radar systems see incoming mortar fire and quickly calculate the point of origin of a mortar round fired by the enemy, and allows friendly forces to react appropriately, " the Pentagon spokesman said.

The Ukrainian armed forces will determine how, where and when they will employ the systems, he added.

It`s also up to the Ukrainians if they attach these radar [systems] to a fire-direction system, which will allow for counter battery fires, or if they use them independently and react with ground forces, " Warren said.

The radar systems are part of the $118 million in equipment and training the United States has committed to assisting Ukraine`s armed forces.

We`re working closely with the Ukrainians through the interagency process, " the colonel said.

A U.S. team of about 12 people also recently completed some medical training in Ukraine.

[The team] assessed Ukraine`s need for immediate care, looked at potential long-term capacity building and conducted some battlefield medical training, " Warren noted.

http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123700

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