The relevant statement was made by The Brussels Times, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
The first Volvo Cargo, Volvo Shelter, Volvo Fassi, and Volvo Manumat vehicles are scheduled for delivery next week. They will be used to ferry troops and equipment to the front line.
The Belgian army has a reserve of around 400 Volvo Cargo, Volvo Shelter, Volvo Fassi, and Volvo Manumat vehicles. This includes cargo models, lifting vehicles, and breakdown trucks. These vehicles will be phased out and replaced with newer vehicles this year.
According to Belgium’s Defence Material Resources Department, the phasing out of the vehicles has been planned for several years, but their replacement has been ‘turbocharged’ by the war in Ukraine. Thus, the Belgian army can transfer the majority to the Ukrainian army.
These trucks have been in service since as early as 1992, but remain in good condition. All the vehicles are set to be inspected and refurbished where necessary before they are shipped to eastern Europe. Additionally, the Belgian side will send spare parts and instruction manuals for the trucks.
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