Kyiv to receive two ASC 890 AEW&C aircraft in Sweden’s largest military aid package

Ukrainian Ambassador Andrii Plakhotniuk and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson
Ukrainian Ambassador Andrii Plakhotniuk and Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson

Ukraine will receive two ASC 890 radar surveillance and control aircraft from Stockholm as part of a €1.16 billion ($1.23 billion) military aid package, the largest to date, announced on May 29, the Swedish Prime Minister’s press secretary Tom Samuelsson wrote on X on the same day.

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“The package includes two ASC 890 airborne surveillance and control aircraft that will help Ukraine identify targets at long range,” he said, adding that PM Ulf Kristersson had already presented the aircraft directly to Ukrainian Ambassador Andrii Plakhotniuk.

The 16th military aid package will also include the country’s entire stock of Pbv 302 armored personnel carriers to support the formation of new Ukrainian army brigades, as well as Jaktrobot Rb 99 missiles – also known in the US as the RB 99-AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile).

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The package also includes 155mm artillery ammunition, fuel transport vehicles, satellite communications terminals, and resources needed to maintain previously transferred equipment.

Sweden does not rule out the possibility of supplying Ukraine with its Gripen jet fighters, Defense Minister Pål Jonson said in March 2024. later adding that this plan was suspended to allow the F-16s to promptly enter into Ukrainian service.

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