Belgium to send anti-tank weapons and maybe artillery systems to Ukraine
According to information published by local newspapers on April 22, 2022, Belgium will send new weapons to Ukraine including anti-tank weapons, and thinks about the possibility to provide M109 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers.
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A private Belgian company has a fleet of M109A4 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers which were in service in the past with the Belgian army.
On February 28, 2022, Army Recognition reported that Belgium was going to deliver 3,000 assault rifles and 200 anti-tank weapons. The new weapons that Belgium will send to Ukraine come from the military inventory and stocks of the Belgium Army.
Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, Belgium has already delivered non-lethal equipment such as helmets and ballistic helmets. With the escalation of the War in Ukraine and the pressure of the Russian army to conquer eastern Ukraine, Belgium would like to increase its military aid to Ukraine as other European countries and United States.
According to information published by the national TV VRT, Belgium could buy M109 self-propelled howitzers that were sold to a private company. In fact, in the past, the Belgium armed forces were equipped with the M109A4 155mm tracked self-propelled howitzers.
The M109 is an American-made 155 mm self-propelled howitzer based on a tracked armored chassis that was introduced in the early 1960s. The main armament of the M109 consists of one M126 155 mm howitzer in an M127 mount. It has an effective firing range of 18 km with conventional ammunition and 30 km with RAP (Rocket assisted projectile) which is artillery, cannon, or recoilless rifle round incorporating a rocket motor for independent propulsion.
The M109A4 is a converted M109A2 or M109A3. The major changes are the incorporation of Nuclear, Biological and Chemical (NBC) requirements and Reliability And Maintainability (RAM) improvements. Selected improvements are found in the following kits: traverse mechanism, NBC equipment, hydraulic power pack filter, starter protection, external slave start, and floor drains.