Germany’s Rheinmetall to manufacture Skynex air defense systems for Ukraine

10 December 2022, 12:45 AM
Skynex Armed Forces (Photo:Rheinmetall)

Skynex Armed Forces (Photo:Rheinmetall)

German defense enterprise Rheinmetall will manufacture two Skynex anti-aircraft self-propelled guns, to be delivered to Ukraine by 2024, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Dec. 9, citing German government sources.

Equipped with 35mm guns, Skynex is designed to counter UAVs and cruise missiles.

Rheinmetall estimates the cost of the two systems at EUR 182 million ($192 million). Sources told Handelsblatt the German government will foot the bill.

On Dec. 9, German federal government spokesperson Christine Hoffman said Berlin was continuing talks with the United States and other partners about supplying main battle tanks to Ukraine.

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Previously, German media reported that the United States were not opposed to Berlin providing Kyiv with Leopard-2 modern MBTs; this was later confirmed by the Chair of Bundestag’s Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann.

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