Germany announces new military aid package for Ukraine: what's on the list
On December 8, Germany announced a new military aid package for Ukraine. The package includes 155 mm caliber shells, VECTOR reconnaissance UAVs, border guard vehicles and military trucks, as well as first aid kits and medicines.
The Ukrainian Armed Forces will also receive the first LUNA NG unmanned aerial vehicle and dozens of GMG automatic machine guns. This is reported by the website of the German government.
According to the updated data on Germany's assistance to Ukraine, this time Berlin is transferring
- several hundred 155 mm caliber shells (the total number exceeded 26 thousand)
- 10 VECTOR reconnaissance drones with spare parts (there are already 152 in total)
- six border guard vehicles (the total number will be 241)
- eight Zetros trucks (232 in total)
- 30 GMG automatic easel mounted grenade launchers (not previously transferred)
- 100 thousand first aid kits
The Armed Forces will also receive the latest LUNA NG unmanned reconnaissance system manufactured by Rheinmetall for the first time. Its transfer was announced in the summer, and the delivery was promised by the end of this year.
This complex is called "the last word in unmanned aerial reconnaissance". It is capable of detecting, classifying and recognizing objects in real time. In addition, LUNA NG is capable of providing LTE (4G) network, intercepting or jamming communications. The complex consists of a ground control station, a catapult, a net for catching drones, repair equipment, and several UAVs. All equipment can be placed on a MAN HX truck.
The UAVs included in the complex can stay in the air for 12 hours and have a transmission range of more than 100 km. The drone provides spatial coverage of more than 30 thousand square kilometers.
Everything that Germany is transferring to Ukraine as part of this package (except for medicines) is taken from Bundeswehr and industrial stocks.
In total, in 2023, Germany has allocated 5.4 billion euros to build up its security capabilities. In 2022, 2 billion euros were allocated for this purpose. In the coming years, Berlin intends to spend €10.5 billion on security, primarily to provide military assistance to Ukraine, both in the form of purchasing weapons and equipment and replenishing federal stocks to replace the ammunition, weapons and equipment sent to our country, as well as contributions to the European Peace Fund to compensate other EU member states for the costs of providing military assistance to Ukraine.
In early December, Germany also announced a new military aid package for Ukraine.
It included 3,800 155-mm artillery shells, five UAV detection systems, 15 high-precision rifles, and border guard vehicles.