Likely delays in arms supply to Ukraine revealed

According to media reports, delays in supplies due to software updates, diplomatic and logistic problems, or other issues, could affect Germany’s supply chain.

Kiev could be disappointed about the German promise to supply heavy weapons to Kiev. Berlin has to clear many obstacles before they can deliver most of the items. This will likely lead to delays.

According to reports, the defense ministry was surprised by the offer of IRIS-T SL, a German air defense system that was praised as being among the best in Germany. They said they didn’t have any in their stockpile so Ukraine would need to order them from Diehl.

According to BI sources, Germany would have to snub Egypt for the planned delivery. Egypt has already ordered several IRIS–T SLs. Ukraine will be left to take the lead. Ukraine may not be able obtain them before the end the year.

In addition to the German arms package to Ukraine, there is also a deal with Greece that allows for three-way trade. This involves receiving German Marder fighting vehicles and Soviet-made ones to Ukraine.

The Greeks were reportedly surprised by Scholz’s announcement of the scheme. BI stated that the replacement of Soviet-era vehicles with modern German equipment may have been seen as an escalation in Turkey’s use of islands.

According to the report, Athens wants the whole order of 50 Marders to be delivered before they give their machines over to Ukraine. It is possible that the shipments to Germany will take up to winter.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (R) and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz © AFP / Sergei Supinsky
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According to reports, the proposed arrangement could also have retracted the rug under Rheinmetall, the German arm giant that produced the armor and hoped that it would be able to sell the Marders directly into Ukraine.

Germany also wants to supply Kiev with several MARS IIs – the European version of the US-made M270 MLRS. BI says that the target of having multiple rocket launchers delivered by June’s end may not be possible.

The outlet’s sources said that less than half of the 40 launchers operated by the German military are currently in working condition. The software of the launchers would also need to be updated before they could be sold by the Bundeswehr, even if it was open to an offer.

The European launchers use an Airbus-designed fire control system that’s not compatible with some types of rockets used by non-European versions. To allow Ukrainians fire US- and UK-supplied ammunition, a reverse conversion is required. The outlet stated that the upgrade of the software could take several months.

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BI has concluded that almost all of the German weapons promised to Ukraine are unlikely to arrive soon. Flakpanzer Gepard selfpropelled anti aircraft guns were the only exception. According to BI, 15 could be delivered by mid-July while 15 others would arrive at the end of August.

BI stated that they come with only 59,000 rounds. The two-gun system has a rate of fire combined of 1,100 rpm. It normally contains 680 rounds.

Kiev officials repeatedly criticized Germany’s Chancellor Scholtz for not providing sufficient military support to their country against Russia. The disdain apparently was fueled by last month’s announcement that Berlin was planning to invest 100 billion euros into rearming and enlarging its military.



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