11 novembre 2019 | Local, Terrestre

Ukraine buys Canadian sniper rifles – delivery expected soon


Sniper rifles from PGW Defence Technologies of Winnipeg will be arriving soon in Ukraine.

The company, with support of Global Affairs Canada, sold  50 LRT-3 sniper rifles to Ukraine’s military, according to the Canadian Forces.

Ukrainian government officials say the rifles are expected in the country very soon.

Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar said in an interview with Ukrinform, the country’s national news agency, that he believes the sniper rifle deal “will open the door to expanding the range of cooperation” between Ukraine and Canada on military equipment.

Ukraine is also seeking armoured vehicles and other equipment from Canada.

Canadian Forces personnel are working with Ukrainian snipers predominantly through a basic sniper course. They are mainly developing the Ukrainian instructors, but do provide some mentorship to the students, noted Canadian Forces spokesperson Capt. Leah Campbell.  This is basically through watching and providing feedback to the students, she added.
“Weapons that the students are using are provided or purchased by the Ukrainian Government,” explained Campbell in an email. “CAF personnel are not currently working with LRT-3 .50 caliber rifle.  However, we are always responsive to our Ukrainian partners training needs and can adjust as appropriate.”

In December 2017, the House of Commons defence committee recommended the government provide weapons to Ukraine, provided it demonstrates it is working to eliminate corruption at all levels of government. Senior officials from Ukraine’s ministry of defence told the defence committee they would welcome arms from Canada, including anti-tank weapons. They told the committee that the Ukrainian military’s sniper equipment was obsolete.


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