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Germany: the first batch of Leopard 1A5 tanks delivered to Ukraine

By Defence Industry Europe

Germany has provided additional military aid to Ukraine, contributing to the country's defence capabilities amid ongoing tensions with Russia. The aid package includes a batch of ten Leopard 1A5 tanks.

Additionally, the German government has supplied 20 MG3 machine guns for use on Leopard 2, Marder, and DACHS vehicles, with a total of 138 units transferred so far.

The assistance didn’t stop at armored vehicles and machine guns. Germany also delivered approximately 1,300 units of 155mm howitzer ammunition and 2,064 units of smoke ammunition of the same caliber. These munitions will provide Ukrainian forces with increased firepower and tactical capabilities in their operations.

Furthermore, the shipment included vital equipment like ten ground-based radar stations, which complements the eight stations delivered previously. This radar system will play a crucial role in enhancing Ukraine’s situational awareness and early warning capabilities.

 

 

In addition to military equipment, Germany has contributed essential logistical support to Ukraine. The aid shipment included 16 Zetros trucks and four vehicles designated for border guards, enhancing Ukraine’s mobility and border security capabilities. Furthermore, an additional 100,000 individual tactical first-aid kits were provided, enabling Ukrainian troops to access critical medical supplies and better respond to battlefield injuries.

During the NATO summit in Vilnius, German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius announced a new aid package valued at approximately 600 million euros. This comprehensive package includes two launcher systems for the Patriot air defence system, 40 Marder infantry fighting vehicles, 25 Leopard 1 tanks, and one Luna unmanned aerial vehicle system. This further commitment by Germany underscores the nation’s dedication to supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity amidst regional instability.

 

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