Ukraine Receives More Obsolete Armored Vehicles From UK
13:53 21.06.2015(updated 16:17 21.06.2015)
A second batch of redundant Saxon APCs arrived in Ukraine earlier this week, a senior adviser to President Petro Poroshenko announced on Saturday.
"Well, 55 Saxons have reached Ukraine. 20 will be converted for use as frontline medical evacuation vehicles and the rest – as armored command vehicles," Yuri Biryukov said in a Facebook post Saturday.
"The Saxons cost us around 51,000 pounds apiece. With proper use we could be getting a whole lot of them. They are better than the (Russian-made) UAZ-452, or UAZ-469, aren't they?" Biryukov added.
In March General Sir Richard Dannatt, who served as Britain's Chief of the General Staff between 2006 and 2009, said he believed the Saxon armored vehicles were "quite useless."
'My concern is the inadequate nature of these vehicles which I ordered out of British Army front line service when I was Commander in Chief Land Command 2005-2006. They were withdrawn from Iraq and never deployed in southern Afghanistan," Dannatt told The Daily Telegraph.
The UK no longer uses the Saxon – but they are still utilized by countries including Nigeria and Bahrain for moving troops around.
Ukraine accepted delivery of 20 Saxon armored vehicles from Britain in February to be weaponized and put into action by the army.
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