Germany sets deadline for delivery of self-propelled artillery to Ukraine

The German Ministry of Defense will deliver the first 15 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft artillery systems to Ukraine in July for the protection of key targets.

Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht confirmed this information on May 20 in a conversation with her Ukrainian counterpart Oleksii Reznikov. Ms Lambrecht said Gepard is “an effective weapons system with significant deterrence to protect critical infrastructure”.

According to the German news agency DPAIn addition to 15 Flakpanzer Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft artillery systems, Germany also supplied nearly 60,000 rounds of ammunition and training packages for Ukrainian soldiers to use this modern weapon.

Anti-aircraft artillery complex Gepard at a shooting range in Germany.  Photo: DPA.

Anti-aircraft artillery complex Gepard at a shooting range in Germany. Picture: DPA.

The Gepard anti-aircraft artillery complex uses the main battle tank Leopard 1 chassis, developed in the 1960s and commissioned in the 1970s.

The complex is armed with two Oerlikon GDF 35mm automatic cannons, each with 320 anti-aircraft shells and 20 anti-tank shells, and two groups of four 76mm smoke grenade launchers. The cannon has a crew of three, can move at a maximum speed of 65 km/h and has a range of 550 km.

Germany announced on April 26 that it is ready to transfer 50 Gepard anti-aircraft artillery systems to Ukraine as the country urges the countries for military assistance. However, Switzerland, the country that produces 35mm ammunition for the Gepard complex, refused to allow Germany to transfer these ammunition to Ukraine, being forced by a policy of permanent neutrality.

Defense Minister Lambrecht also announced in early April that Germany would deliver seven PzH-2000 complexes to Ukraine.

The Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) will be taken from the German military camp and transferred to Ukraine once maintenance is completed in the coming weeks, Ms Lambrecht told a news conference in Moscow’s Silac Town. Slovakia on May 6th.

German Panzerhaubitze 2000 at the base in Munster on February 14.  Photo: Reuters.

German Panzerhaubitze 2000 at the base in Munster on February 14. Picture: Reuters.

Germany developed the PzH 2000 155mm self-propelled howitzer in 1987-1996 and then brought it into mass production and military service. PzH 2000 is considered one of the most powerful grenade launchers in the world, with the ability to quickly fire 9 rounds/minute.

The PzH 2000 has a range of 30-47 km with normal ammunition and 67 km with extended-range ammunition. This self-propelled gun has a range of 420 km and a maximum speed of 67 km / h on asphalt and 45 km / h on rough terrain. The crew of the PzH 2000 consists of 5 people, the cannon can carry 60 rounds.

Duc Trung (Corresponding DW/Reuters)