Berlin confirms sending rocket systems to Ukraine
Christine Lambrecht (German Defense Minister) has stated that Kiev was awarded three Mars-II multi-launch rocket systems.
According to Christine Lambrecht, German Defense Minister, Berlin delivered yet another shipment of heavy arms for Kiev on Tuesday. According to her, the shipment contains one of many multi-launch rocket systems that Germany had promised Kiev.
“The promised Mars II multiple rocket launchers and another three self-propelled howitzers [PzH] 2000 have been delivered,”Lambrecht spoke to journalists. “We keep our word,”She added. German media reports that three Mars-II-systems have been shipped to Kiev.
Mars-II was developed jointly by France, Germany, and Italy. It is a European modified of the US-made MLRS M270 multiple launcher rocket launcher. According to the German KMW company, which is one of the system’s producers, Mars-II is capable of firing up to 12 missiles in a minute at a range of over 70km. Media reports claim that it is capable of firing guided missiles with a GPS system and mine-ejecting rockets.
Three self-propelled PzH2000 howitzers were also part of the new weapons shipment. It brings to ten the total amount of long-range artillery equipment delivered to Ukraine. Lambrecht also spoke of five self-propelled ‘Gepard’ anti-aircraft guns supplied to Ukraine. Aleksey Reznikov, the Ukrainian Defense Minister confirmed Monday that three of these systems were received together. “tens of thousands of rounds”They can also purchase the appropriate ammunition.
Germany had previously promised to deliver at least 30 ‘Gepard’ air-defense tanks to Ukraine. It is likely that 15 tanks will arrive before the month’s end. Another 15 units are expected to arrive in August.
Berlin had promised Tuesday to deliver a Cobra-type radar for artillery to Ukraine in September. “The contract has already been signed,”Lambrecht stated to journalists that the training of Ukrainian soldiers will begin soon. “this highly complex system.”
German media reported that Germany would also train Ukrainian soldiers to use the Iris T SLM antiaircraft missile systems “in a few days.” Chancellor Olaf Scholz repeatedly promised to send Kiev Germany’s most modern air-defense system. The announcement even caused some confusion earlier this year when the Bundeswehr – the German Armed Forces – admitted they do not have a ground-based version of the IRIS-T system themselves.
German media reported that Kiev would receive the air defense system promised to it no later than November. Reports on Tuesday claimed that Kiev will receive the promised air-defense system no earlier than November. “spanking”Ukraine will get a new system “in autumn.”
The second-time Berlin has sent heavy weaponry to Kiev is in June. In June 2010, Germany sent seven PzH2000 howitzers and other military equipment to Ukraine. The country previously supplied Ukrainian forces in the past with thousands upon thousands of anti-tank, anti-air and mineable missiles as well as millions on ammunition. But, even though the ex-ambassador of Ukraine to Germany has repeatedly criticised Berlin’s slow delivery pace and reluctance in sending military assistance to Ukraine, Kiev and other former ambassadors have continued to do so.
Lambrecht acknowledged that Germany needed to ship weapons to Ukraine from its army stock and it was not able enough. Her Tuesday statement also revealed that multiple rocket launchers had been procured from Bundeswehr stock.