Germany will ship 45 extra Gepard anti-aircraft methods to Ukraine this yr, in response to German Military Brigadier Common Christian Freuding.
The top of the German Protection Ministry’s Ukraine Scenario Middle instructed Welt that fifteen methods are anticipated to land in Ukraine within the coming weeks.
Germany has despatched 35 Gepards to Ukraine for the reason that struggle broke out final yr, together with 6,000 rounds of ammunition.
Gepard Ammunition Contract
Berlin awarded a multi-million greenback contract to Rheinmetall in February to provide 300,000 rounds of ammunition for the Gepards utilized by the Ukrainian forces.
The primary batch of ammunition is anticipated by the summer time of 2023.
The Pentagon additionally awarded a $118.3-million contract to Florida-based International Navy Merchandise in June to buy and ship Gepard methods to Ukraine.
Efficient Towards Shaheds
The system has been efficient in defending Ukrainian civilian infrastructure from Russia-launched Shahed drones, the German Embassy tweeted in November final yr.
На захисті 🇺🇦 неба: з початку повномасштабної війни #Німеччина поставила Україні 30 зенітних установок (САУ) #Gepard. Gepard став ефективною зброєю проти іранських безпілотників Shahed-136. Його використовують для захисту 🇺🇦 критичної інфраструктури. #StandWithUkraine pic.twitter.com/yraxPV841H
— Посольство Німеччини (@GermanyinUA) November 19, 2022
The Krauss-Maffei Wegmann system relies on the chassis of the Leopard primary battle tank, that includes twin Oerlikon KDA 35-millimeter weapons, every carrying 320 rounds of ammunition.
The platform’s radars present 360-degree scanning and simultaneous target-tracking functionality.
Germany may even ship two extra IRIS-T SLM air protection methods to Ukraine this yr, and 4 extra in 2024, Welt added, citing Freuding.