UK delivers to Ukraine 20 M109 155mm howitzers and 36 L119 105mm guns

According to a statement published by the British Ministry of Defense on July 21, 2022, more than 20 M109 155mm self-propelled guns and 36 L119 105mm artillery guns will soon arrive in Ukraine from the UK, Defense Secretary Ben Wallace announced in an update to Parliament on July 21, 2022.
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Ukrainian soldiers train in the UK to operate the L119 105mm towed gun. (Picture source BBC video footage)

The UK will supply scores of artillery guns, hundreds of drones and hundreds more anti-tank weapons to Ukraine in the coming weeks, the Defence Secretary has revealed. Counter-battery radar systems and more than 50,000 rounds of ammunition for Ukraine’s existing Soviet-era artillery will also follow, he added.

The UK will also send more than 1,600 more anti-tank weapons in the coming weeks, along with drones, including hundreds of loitering aerial munitions.

So far 6,900 NLAW, Javelin, Brimstone and other anti-tank weapons, as well as 16,000 artillery rounds, six Stormer vehicles fitted with Starstreak anti-air missile launchers and hundreds of missiles have been sent to Ukraine.

The UK has also supplied maritime Brimstone missiles, multiple launch rocket systems, 120 armored fighting vehicles and large quantities of non-lethal aid including more than 82,000 helmets, 8,450 sets of body armor, and over 5,000 night vision devices.

The 20 M109s that the country will deliver to Ukraine are said to have been purchased from the Belgian company. On June 18, 2022, the Army Recognition editorial team reported that the United Kingdom purchased and refurbished more than 20 M109 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers from a Belgian company.

In fact, in 2015, the Belgian private company Flanders Technical Supply (FTS) bought 64 M109A4BE 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers which were previously used in several artillery battalions of the Belgian army. In 2008, the Belgian army withdrew from active service 64 M109A4BE 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers.

In July 2022, British soldiers trained hundreds of Ukrainian soldiers in the use of the M270 MLRS and the L119 105mm light gun. The L119 is a 105mm towed gun that can fire high explosive, smoke, illumination, and blank ammunition.

The L119 105mm gun is capable of providing either direct fire support at armored vehicles or buildings or indirect fire in support of the combat arms at ranges in excess of 10 km.