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Germany to Ship Additional IRIS-T Air Defense Systems to Ukraine

Germany to Ship Additional IRIS-T Air Defense Systems to Ukraine

The German Defence Ministry said it will ship four more IRIS-T SLM medium-range air defense systems to Ukraine.

In a statement released on Thursday, the ministry said the upcoming deliveries will be provided on top of the IRIS-T systems and a Patriot tracking radar handed over in October and will be sent to the war-torn country once Ukrainian personnel complete their training on the weapons systems before 2024 ends.

Germany will start delivering the additional air defense systems in 2025, according to C4ISRNET.

The ministry added that the lined-up systems are part of a $1.4 billion military aid package to Ukraine.

The package includes drones and drone-defense systems, demining vehicles, satellite communications, electronic warfare equipment, directional anti-tank mines and artillery shells.

The military aid is expected to address the Ukrainian armed forces’ pressing requirements, the German Defence Ministry noted.

German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius confirmed the latest round of military support during a video conference with the Ukraine Defense Contact Group on Nov. 22.

At the meeting, Pistorius reiterated Germany’s commitment to provide short- and long-term aid for Ukraine, adding that the European power is poised to send $8 billion worth of assistance to the country in 2024. 

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