Ukrainian Soldiers effectively used supplied by the United States military equipment such as counter-mortar radars, said the commander of land forces of the USA in the European Union, Lieutenant-General Ben Hodges in conversation the American media.
in response to the question about what assistance and non-lethal weapons Ukraine needs, Hodges listed unmanned aerial devices (UAVs), counterbattery radars, and medical care.
"We gave them easy protivominometnymi radar system, which They (the Ukrainian military – approx. OPINION) used very effectively. In reality, They used these radars as We ourselves did not. They made them even more effective than We thought, They have the opportunity to be "– Hodges said in a conversation Defense News and added that the rebels " immediately began to aim at these radars, because I realized that it helps the Ukrainians."" They (Ukrainians – approx. OPINION) very professional, they have many well-trained officers. They have the technical capabilities to apply any monitoring equipment ", – he said. Hodges also confident that the Ukrainian military very quickly learn to apply counter-mortar radar systems like the AN/TPQ-36. However, in July Authorized the Pentagon announced that the United States doubt the wisdom of sending to Ukraine of a new radar station, afterward as Kiev lost several issued U.S. antiminority systems. It was claimed that such systems were brought about 20, and They are either destroyed in the course of the fighting in the Donbass, or lost. Before the media reported that the Ministry of defense wants to give Ukraine radar AN/TPQ-36 Firefinder and AN/TPQ-37 Firefinder. Remember, 3 radars AN/TPQ-48A LCMR in November 2014 were transferred to the Ministry of defense of Ukraine from the presence of the American army as part of a package of U.S. military aid to Ukraine for a total amount of 118 million dollars. In January 2015 two of the transmitted radar LCMR have failed. And on the 19th of February there was a video showing one LCMR radar, captured by militias in the area of Debaltsevo after the retreat of Ukrainian troops. On the boxes with this radar was applied serial number " 369 ", which corresponds to the number of one of the three stations, transferred to Ukraine in November.