A planned shipment of of Iris-T SLM anti-aircraft missile systems to Ukraine may be delayed until the end of the year, reported German news outlet Welt am Sonntag on July 22.
In early July, the Ukrainian government applied for the purchase of 11 IRIS-T SLM anti-aircraft missile systems from the German arms company Diehl Defense.
One system costs EUR 140 million, for a total price tag of EUR 1.5 billion. Given the number of systems, Kyiv requested financial support for this purchase. The agreement was approved by the German Ministry of Economy, but the final approval must be issued by the German Security Council. However, as of publication, final approval has not been given.
“No information can be provided about this,” a German government spokesperson said.
“In general, we don’t comment on ongoing agreements with other countries.”
Welt am Sonntag, citing Ukrainian government officials, writes that delivery of one unit is expected before the end of the year.
In early June, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised Ukraine to provide IRIS-T "in the coming weeks." On July 21, Foreign Minister Annalena Berbock said that the German IRIS-T air defence systems, which should be transferred to Kyiv, are under production and should be ready by the end of summer.