Germany on Tuesday announced 1.3 billion euros ($1.4 billion) more in military gear for Ukraine in its fight against Russia, including four further IRIS T-SLM air defense systems as well as artillery ammunition.
The package was unveiled by Defense Minister Boris Pistorius after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart Rustem Umerov in Kyiv.
Germany is the second biggest contributor of military equipment to Ukraine, and Pistorius’s visit to Kyiv was his second since he became defense minister at the start of the year.
The IRIS-T systems are highly sought after by Ukraine to shoot down Russian drones and missiles.
The latest four pledged by Germany mark the third batch of IRIS-T systems that Berlin is offering to Ukraine since the beginning of the war.
Three IRIS-T systems from the first batch have already been delivered, and a fourth will follow in this winter. A second batch of four will arrive in 2024.
Germany 🇩🇪 has pledged a new package of military aid to Ukraine 🇺🇦 that’s worth $1.42 billion, it includes:
-4 new IRIS-T Air Defense Systems
-Over 24 Drones Detection Systems
-20,000 155mm Artillery Shells
-60 Surveillance Drones
-Anti-Tanks Mines and more pic.twitter.com/2ghi8l3Wfn
— Ukraine Battle Map (@ukraine_map) November 21, 2023