Babcock, the international defence company, has been awarded a contract by the UK Ministry of Defence to support urgent operational requirements for Ukraine’s military land assets as part of the UK’s support for the country. The initial 12-month contract is worth around £50 million and includes options to extend. The contract will see Babcock provide operational support to armoured vehicles provided by the UK to the Ukrainian military, such as Challenger 2 tanks and the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) – known as CVRT, train Ukrainian personnel and manage vital equipment, supply chains and spares.
This strengthens Babcock’s relationship with Ukraine and builds on the tripartite Memorandum of Implementation signed by Babcock, the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine and the UK Government in June 2021, and recently signed Cooperation Agreement with Ukrainian state defence concern Ukroboronprom earlier this month to look at potential opportunities to implement joint defence projects in Ukraine. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “This contract delivers essential support for Ukraine on the battlefield, sustaining their military equipment by providing the expertise and skills to keep Ukraine’s armoured vehicles moving, along with the provision of vital spares. “Our support for Ukraine is unwavering and will continue, for as long as it takes.”
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