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."

Has a radar and doesn’t need to expend expensive missiles on cheap drones

Source: Bloomberg

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.]

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.

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  1. CharlesHomer says

    As shown in this article, it’s not just a shortage of natural gas that Europe will have to deal with as a result of its anti-Russia sanctions:

    Europe is caught in an energy nightmare of its own making, an unintended consequence of sanctioning Russia for its moves into Ukraine.

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