Anthony Albanese and Volodymyr Zelensky
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Australia providing Ukraine with $20m in military aid

AAP October 25, 2023

Australia is sending a 3D metal printer and anti-drone systems to Ukraine as part of a $20 million military assistance package.

“Australia remains steadfast in supporting Ukraine to defend itself against Russia’s illegal and immoral invasion,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Wednesday as materiel from local military industry companies were detailed.

“This contribution will provide Ukraine with some of the best capabilities in the world, while investing in Australia’s sovereign defence industry and technology sector,” Mr Albanese said.

The list includes de-mining equipment, portable x-ray machines, a 3D metal printer and counter-drone systems – supplies developed by Australian firms DroneShield, Micro-X, Minelab and SPEE3D.

The government said a Royal Australian Air Force E-7A Wedgetail aircraft has been deployed to Germany in support of efforts to help protect a gateway of international humanitarian and military assistance to Ukraine.

The deployment delivers on Australia’s commitment made ahead of Mr Albanese’s visit to the NATO Summit in Lithuania in July, officials said.

Defence Industry Minister Pat Conroy thanked Australian companies for their help in providing assistance to Ukraine.

“3D metal printers can be used to print spare parts while de-mining and portable X-Ray equipment can provide life-saving assistance for Ukrainian personnel on the battlefield,” he said.