Seven Gepard anti-aircraft units, which were actually intended for recycling, are now being repaired and should be delivered to Ukraine in the spring.
The units are being repaired by the Munich-based Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) weapons company. These are the last pieces from the stockpiles.
This was reported by Der Spiegel.
As the publication notes, the German government hopes that after that it will be possible to supply additional ammunition for air defense systems.
35mm ammunition is currently in short supply. Although there are still stocks around the world, most of them were made in Switzerland. However, the government there wants to remain neutral and therefore does not issue export permits.
With the new supply of Gepard units, Berlin wants to help Ukraine protect cities and infrastructure from Russian shelling. According to Ukrainian sources, the 30 Gepard units already in service have proven to be very effective and reliable against the Russian army.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht are now back under pressure over the issue of arms deliveries to Ukraine. Berlin rejected Poland's recent offer to supply Ukraine with the Bundeswehr's Patriot missile defense system.
As a reminder, Germany announced that it would transfer a new military aid package to Ukraine, which would include seven Gepard anti-aircraft systems.
Author – Anastasiya Glotova, 02/12/2022