More weapons from Germany
Rocket launcher training starts next week
06/22/2022, 2:46 p.m
After the Panzerhaubitze 2000, the German government is delivering the Mars II multiple rocket launcher system to Ukraine. Training on it is scheduled to begin next week. According to Defense Minister Lambrecht, Germany has “rather reached the limit of what is still responsible”.
Training for Ukrainian soldiers on the Mars II multiple rocket launcher system promised by Germany will begin next week, according to Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht. After the provision of seven self-propelled howitzers 2000, this is the next weapon system “in preparation” for delivery to Kyiv, the minister said in the Bundestag. As announced, Germany will provide three such systems, Great Britain also three and the USA four.
The systems are important “to support Ukraine with artillery, which is far-reaching but also very precise,” said the SPD politician. With the delivery of the Panzerhaubitzen 2000 and the multiple rocket launchers from Bundeswehr stocks, however, Germany has “reasonably reached the limit of what is still responsible” if the national and alliance defense is to be further guaranteed.
In addition, the delivery of “Gepard” anti-aircraft tanks is planned for the heavy weapons industry, said Lambrecht. The defense industry will also deliver the IRIS-T air defense system to Ukraine.
The federal government had previously had a newly established website confirms that the delivery of the seven Panzerhaubitz 2000 from Bundeswehr stocks to the Ukraine has been completed. Almost four months after the start of the war, it was the first delivery of heavy weapons by Germany to Kyiv. Depending on the ammunition used, the Panzerhaubitze 2000 can shoot 30 to 40 kilometers. The Mars II multiple rocket launcher has a range of up to 84 kilometers.