Scholz promises Ukraine anti-aircraft system

Scholz agrees to Ukraine air defense system

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  • Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) in the general debate in the Bundestag. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa
  • At the Rostock-Laage air base, the first air-to-air missile from then newly developed type IRIS-T mounted. Photo: Bernd Wüstneck/dpa
  • The photo published by the armaments manufacturer Diehl shows a guided missile of the IRIS-T system hanging under a carrier aircraft. Photo: -/Diehl/dpa


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For weeks, Chancellor Scholz was accused of hesitation and procrastination over arms deliveries to Ukraine. Now Ukraine is supposed to get more heavy weapons.

Berlin (dpa) – .

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has promised Ukraine the delivery of a modern anti-aircraft system to fight the Russian attackers.

In addition, the Ukrainian armed forces are provided with a modern locating radar that can spot artillery, Scholz said on Wednesday Bundestag. He also announced that Germany would support the US-announced delivery of multiple rocket launchers to Ukraine “according to our technical capabilities.”

According to Scholz, the air defense system is an Iris-T from the manufacturer Diehl. This will deliver the most modern air defense system that Germany has. “This will enable Ukraine to protect an entire city from Russian air raids,” said Scholz. Ukraine has long been demanding the delivery of anti-aircraft systems to protect itself against attacks by Russian warplanes, helicopters, missiles or drones.

Already two commitments from the federal government

Immediately after the beginning of the war, the federal government decided to supply German weapons for the first time in an ongoing war against a nuclear power. So far, among other things, bazookas, anti-aircraft missiles and many millions of rounds of ammunition have been delivered.

In the past few weeks, the federal government had already made two commitments for the delivery of heavy weapons: It should 50 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks and 7 self-propelled howitzers 73 – modern artillery pieces with a range of 40 kilometers – to be delivered to Ukraine. But they haven’t gotten there yet. The opposition has repeatedly accused Scholz of hesitation in recent weeks. (dpa)

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