Application in the Bundestag: What weapons are available for Ukraine


Status: 04/28/2022 08:23 a.m

For weeks there was a dispute about heavy weapons for Ukraine, but now they are supposed to be delivered. But what exactly does Germany want to do? What weapons is it about and what else does the application say? An overview.

What Germany wants to do specifically

Cheetah: The Bundeswehr has not had the weapon system for ten years. But the armaments company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann still has a middle two-digit number, for the sale of which the government has now given the green light. However, ammunition must first be purchased, and talks are being held with Brazil. The training of Ukrainian trainers is to take place in Germany.

ring exchange: Slovenia is to hand over a larger number of battle tanks of the Soviet T-72 design to the Ukraine and in return receive the Marder infantry fighting vehicle and the Fuchs wheeled armored vehicle from Germany.

According to a report in the newspaper “Die Welt”, after Slovenia, a corresponding proposal has now also been made to the Czech Republic. A “list of possible weapons material that could be considered for a ring exchange” had been handed over to the government in Prague, the medium quoted from a confidential paper from the Federal Ministry of Defense.

Mortar: Chancellor Scholz had said that a list of quickly deliverable military equipment had been drawn up with German industry and discussed with Ukraine. He called the grenade launchers with a range of six kilometers.

Education: Germany wants to train Ukrainian soldiers in the use of the Panzerhaubitze 2000. The gun, which has a range of 40 kilometers, is to be delivered from the Netherlands to Ukraine.

What else could be done

The Düsseldorf group Rheinmetall has applied to the federal government for approval of the delivery of 88 used Leopard main battle tanks.

Another Rheinmetall application relates to 100 martens. According to the newspaper “Die Welt”, the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann group has applied to be allowed to deliver 100 Panzerhaubitzen 2000.

What is in the joint application

Among other things, the Federal Government is called upon to support the efforts to achieve a ceasefire in the interest of the Ukrainians and, if necessary, to be prepared to ensure compliance with the EU and NATO partners.

In addition, it is determined that the delivery of equipment will “continue and, where possible, accelerate and at the same time expand the delivery of heavy weapons and complex systems, for example as part of the ring exchange, without endangering Germany’s ability to defend the alliance”.

The government is urged “to examine whether further weapons can be handed over and to actively approach other countries to offer them a ring exchange”.

In addition, it is requested to support training on delivered weapon systems “in Germany or on NATO territory”. And any equipment gaps that arise in the Bundeswehr should be closed as quickly as possible.

What has already been done

Since the beginning of the war, Ukraine has received a good 2,500 anti-aircraft missiles, 900 anti-tank rocket launchers with 3,000 rounds of ammunition, 100 machine guns and 15 bunker launchers with 50 rockets from Germany.

There are also 100,000 hand grenades, 2000 mines, around 5300 explosive charges and more than 16 million rounds of ammunition for handguns from assault rifles to heavy machine guns. (as of April 21)

With material from dpa and AFP

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