Germany to donate to Ukraine 45 more Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns by year end

German ZSU Gepard
German ZSU Gepard

Germany plans to transfer to Ukraine 45 more Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns this year, Christian Freuding, Head of the Special Staff Ukraine at the German Federal Ministry of Defence said in an interview with Welt am Sonntag outlet on June 24.

Germany will also "immediately" provide Ukraine with 64 guided missiles for Patriot air defence systems.

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Thirty-four Gepard systems have already been supplied to Ukraine, and another 15 will arrive in the country in near future.

"Additionally, in cooperation with the US, we want to send another 30 Gepard tanks towards the end of the year," the German general said, adding that the delivery is aimed at strengthening Ukrainian air defence.

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The Pentagon also announced that it would allocate $118 million to purchase Gepards for Ukraine.

The Gepard mobile air defense system consists of anti-aircraft cannon, targeted by a radar system, both mounted on the chassis of a Leopard tank.

The Ukrainian military has said the Gepard system is particularly effective against the Iranian Shahed suicide drones that Russia regularly uses to attack Ukraine.

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