Germany boosts support for Ukraine with defense systems package worth 1.3 billion euros

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Germany announces increased support for Ukraine with a military aid package worth over 1.3 billion euros, including IRIS-T systems and other state-of-the-art equipment.

Germany has pledged to supply Ukraine with four IRIS-T SLM air defense systems, as well as a package of military equipment, in an effort to strengthen Ukrainian capabilities in the face of Russian aggression. This support, worth over 1.3 billion euros, demonstrates Germany’s long-term commitment to Ukraine.

Germany has announced increased support for Ukraine, including the supply of four IRIS-T SLM air defense systems, in a military aid package valued at over 1.3 billion euros. This decision is part of an ongoing commitment to support Ukraine in the face of current security challenges.

Details of the military aid package

In addition to IRIS-T systems, the package includes drones and anti-drone systems, mine-clearing vehicles, satellite communications, electronic warfare equipment, directional anti-tank mines and artillery shells. This equipment is intended to meet the urgent needs of the Ukrainian armed forces.

After an initial hesitation, Germany has become the largest supplier of military aid to Ukraine after the United States. This marks a turning point in German policy, reflecting a willingness to support Ukraine more strongly.

Planned increase in military aid

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius has confirmed plans to increase Germany’s military support for Ukraine, with plans to double aid to €8 billion by 2024.

IRIS-T systems and a second Patriot tracking radar, handed over in October, will reach Ukraine this year, once training of Ukrainian personnel has been completed.

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Long-term support and capability development

Germany, together with France, will lead a “coalition of capabilities” for the long-term development of Ukraine’s armed forces. More than 20 countries will join forces to establish the Coalition of Ground-Based Air Defense Capabilities.

Germany is committed to supporting further capability coalitions in the future, with discussions planned for the next meeting on this topic in Berlin in December.

The German government aims to make Ukraine’s armed forces strong enough to defeat Russian aggression today and deter any future attack attempts.

Germany has made a significant contribution since the start of the war, massively reinforcing Ukrainian air defense with the delivery of Patriot and IRIS-T systems, as well as almost 50 Gepard anti-aircraft guns.

International call for increased support

U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin urged allies to provide more air defense systems to Ukraine to help the country defend itself against Russian missile barrages.

The significant increase in German military aid to Ukraine, particularly in the area of air defense, could have a significant impact on the dynamics of the conflict. This not only strengthens Ukraine’s defensive capabilities, but also sends a strong message of solidarity and support from the international community.

Germany’s commitment to provide substantial support to Ukraine, with advanced defense systems and a substantial military aid package, is a clear sign of European solidarity in the face of Russian aggression. This initiative underlines the importance of European cooperation and unity in managing security crises and defending democratic principles.

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