Germany to Send Ukraine 50 ‘Gepard’ Air Defense Systems, Double Aid to €2 Billion
Very useful for countering helicopters and artillery-guiding drones. "Ukraine orders and Germany pays."
Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s government will allow delivery of 50 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks to Ukraine [Not just “allow,” but pay for them.] in Germany’s first step to supply heavy weapons to counter Russia’s invasion.
Germany is authorizing the transfer of the tanks, which will come from manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, according to a government official, who asked not to be identified because the talks are private.
Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht confirmed the plans without specifying figures. She also said Germany would double military support to Ukraine to 2 billion euros ($2.1 billion).
“We have to realize that the possibilities of the Bundeswehr are limited,” Lambrecht said Tuesday. “Therefore, we support Ukraine when the industry delivers directly. Ukraine orders and Germany pays.”
She said Germany has signed off on similar shipments of drones and anti-tank mines. [Not exactly “mines”. More like automatic projectiles.]
#Ukraine: More previously unknown Western military aid to Ukraine is being unveiled – it appears that Germany delivered pretty rare PARM DM22 HEAT off-route anti-tank mines, which can strike enemy vehicles with fin stabilized rockets up 100 meters away. pic.twitter.com/rmXRx57Pmt
— 🇺🇦 Ukraine Weapons Tracker (@UAWeapons) April 25, 2022
The Gepard tanks are no longer in use by Germany’s military but stored at a company depot. It’s unclear when the tanks will be ready for use.
Germany is sending 50 #Gepard 1A2 Panzer mobile anti-aircraft tanks to #Ukraine w/35 mm autocannons which will be effective against low flying aircraft, drones & helicopters & ground troops. #UkraineRussiaWar It's an oldy but still quite effective. pic.twitter.com/qSOq5BkBSQ
— Cutbeart Edmunds (@cutbeart) April 27, 2022