Germany Provides Ukraine with IRIS-T SAM Systems in New Military Aid Package
Germany has delivered a fresh military aid package to Ukraine, including two IRIS-T Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launcher systems, according to an announcement on the official website of the German federal government.
"This assistance encompasses supplies from Bundeswehr stocks, German industry, as well as joint supply partners, who are partially funded through the German government's Readiness Initiative," the statement said.
"The funding for the Readiness Initiative for the year 2023 totals 5.4 billion euros (compared to 2 billion euros in 2022) plus an authorization for commitments in the coming years of around 10.5 billion euros. These funds will be primarily used for military support to Ukraine. Simultaneously, they will be utilized for financing the replenishment of military assets for the Bundeswehr transferred to Ukraine from Bundeswehr stocks, as well as Germany's contributions to the European Peace Facility (EPF), from which expenses of EU member states in support of Ukraine can be compensated," the statement detailed.
The military aid provided this time includes:
2 IRIS-T SLS* launcher systems;
17,000 smoke shells of calibre 155 mm (previous inventory: 12,641 units);
28 mobile ground surveillance radars* (previous inventory: 18);
42 heavy-duty 8x8 HX81 powertrains (previous inventory: 38) and 37 trailers for them* (previous inventory: 33);
34 variable loading systems of 15 tons* (previous inventory: 26).
The complete list of military assistance provided by Germany to Ukraine can be found in the attached link.
Recalling the recent visit of the Minister of Finance of Germany, Christian Lindner, to Kyiv on Monday, August 14, it was assured that Germany's support for the Ukrainian people's fight for freedom remains unwavering. This marked his first visit to the Ukrainian capital since the full-scale war initiated by Russia in 2022.
Previously, it was reported that Ukraine already possessed two IRIS-T SLM SAM systems, which currently guard the skies against Russian bombardments.
Following the United States, Germany is now the second supplier of military aid to Ukraine.