Berlin confirms sending rocket systems to Ukraine — RT World News

kyiv has received three Mars-II multiple launchers, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said.

Berlin has delivered a new batch of heavy weapons to kyiv, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht confirmed on Tuesday. The cargo includes the first of several multiple-launch rocket systems promised by Germany to Kyiv, she said.

“The promised Mars II multiple rocket launchers and three more self-propelled howitzers [PzH] 2000 have been delivered”, Lambrecht told reporters. “We keep our word” she added. According to German media, at least three Mars-II systems have been sent to kyiv.

Mars-II is a European modification of the American-made MLRS M270 multiple rocket launcher, which was jointly developed by Germany, Italy and France. According to the German company KMW, which is one of the producers of the system, Mars-II is capable of firing up to 12 missiles in one minute at a distance of more than 70 km. According to the media, it can fire guided missiles using a GPS system or mine-ejecting missiles.

In addition to Mars-II, the fresh weapons shipment also included three PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers, bringing the number of such long-range artillery systems delivered to Ukraine to ten. Lambrecht also spoke about five “Gepard” self-propelled anti-aircraft guns supplied to Ukraine. On Monday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Aleksey Reznikov confirmed that he had received three of these systems as well as “tens of thousands of blows” of ammunition suitable for them.

Germany had previously promised to deliver at least 30 “Gepard” air defense tanks to Ukraine. The first shipment of 15 tanks is expected to arrive before the end of this month, while another 15 are due for delivery in August.

On Tuesday, Berlin promised to send a Cobra-type artillery radar to Ukraine in September. “The contract has already been signed” Lambrecht told reporters, adding that Ukrainian troops will soon begin training on “this very complex system.”

According to the media, Germany will also start training Ukrainian soldiers on Iris-T SLM anti-aircraft missile systems “in a few days.” Chancellor Olaf Scholz has repeatedly promised to send Germany’s most modern air defense system to kyiv. The announcement even caused confusion earlier this year when the Bundeswehr – Germany’s armed forces – admitted that they themselves did not have a land-based version of the IRIS-T system.

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According to German media, kyiv will receive the promised air defense system no earlier than November. According to information published on Tuesday, a “spanking” new system will arrive in Ukraine “in autumn.”

This is the second time that Berlin has sent heavy weapons to kyiv. In June, Germany transferred seven PzH 2000 howitzers and other military equipment to Ukraine. Previously, the country supplied the Ukrainian forces with thousands of man-portable anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, tens of thousands of anti-tank mines, as well as millions of cartridges. However, kyiv and even Ukraine’s former ambassador to Germany still repeatedly criticized Berlin for what they called the reluctance to send military aid to Ukraine and the slow delivery times.

In July, Lambrecht admitted that Germany had to send weapons to Ukraine from its own military stocks and that its capacity was limited. On Tuesday, she also said the multiple rocket launchers and howitzers came from Bundeswehr stocks.

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