Germany Commits €10.5B Military Aid to Ukraine

Berlin has agreed to send additional Patriot and IRIS-T air defense systems to battle-ravaged Ukraine
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Germany Commits €10.5B Military Aid to Ukraine

In a significant show of support, Germany has committed to transferring weapons worth over €10 billion and handed over a substantial military aid package to Ukraine, comprising Skynex, PATRIOT, and IRIS-T air defense systems.

This latest contribution is part of the broader military assistance initiative by the Federal Republic of Germany, reflecting its dedication to reinforcing Ukraine's security infrastructure.

The German government revealed that the security capacity building initiative, which funds such military aid, has allocated a substantial budget of €5.4 billion for the year 2023, following a previous commitment of €2 billion in 2022. Moreover, additional authorizations for commitments in the coming years amount to an impressive €10.5 billion. These funds are intended primarily for military assistance to Ukraine, including the refilling of Federal Armed Forces stocks and contributions to the European Peace Facility.

The aid delivery announced Jan.4 includes ammunition specifically designed for Leopard tanks, emphasizing Germany's commitment to enhancing Ukraine's defense capabilities.

The move comes in response to Kyiv's urgent call for increased air defense systems, following Russia's recent mass air attacks during winter holidays, resulting in the tragic loss and injury of numerous civilians. The aid from Germany includes two air surveillance radars TRML-4D, 30 drone detection systems, missiles for IRIS-T air defense systems, 10 ground surveillance radars GO12, and various ammunition types for both artillery and firearms.

In addition to these critical defense systems, Germany has dispatched two mine-clearing tanks, a bridge-laying tank, trucks, assault rifles, combat helmets, winter camouflage nets, and ponchos, demonstrating a comprehensive commitment to bolstering Ukraine's military capabilities across various domains.

The German government has also announced plans for future deliveries, scheduled to include four more IRIS-T air defense systems, two PATRIOT launchers, an additional Skynex system with ammunition, 20 more drone detection systems, thousands of anti-tank mines, 14 self-propelled howitzers Panzerhaubitze 2000, 10 MARDER infantry fighting vehicles, surveillance radars, personnel equipment, and other essential aid.

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