German MARS II rocket launchers already delivered to Ukraine

By Defence Industry Europe news staff

German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht has confirmed the delivery to Ukraine of 3 Mittleres Artillerie Raketen System (MARS II) rocket launchers, a German variety of the M270 MLRS, as has been announced since June. The delivery was also confirmed by the head of the Ukrainian President’s Cabinet, Andriy Yermak.

The launchers will join the M270 MLR systems donated by the UK and Norway, as well as the lighter M142 HIMARS from the US. In addition, the Germans have donated 3 more PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers to increase the numbers of that vehicle in the Ukrainian Armed Forces to 15 (10 from Germany and 5 from the Netherlands). In total there are to be 18 of them, a complete Ukrainian squadron. Both types of armament come from Bundeswehr stocks. Equipment for the artillery subdivisions will be supplemented by the Cobra artillery radar, which Germany plans to hand over this autumn.

German Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht stressed that the Federal Republic of Germany is keeping its word and has delivered the promised MARS II weapons systems and three more Panzerhaubitze 2000s to Ukraine, as previously announced.

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