The German government plans to supply Ukraine with additional Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, German news magazine Der Spiegel reported on Jan. 5, citing its own sources.
According to the publication, Berlin is currently negotiating with two states that have stocks of these units, plus a large amount of the 35 mm ammunition it uses.
There is no agreement yet, but Germany is cautiously confident that in the coming months, more Gepard systems may be delivered to Ukraine, Spiegel writes.
Journalists noted that in 2022 Germany supplied 30 Gepard systems to Ukraine, and these have proved to be very effective at the front. The systems perform especially well against the Iranian flying bomb drones launched by the Russian military. Another batch of these systems would significantly strengthen Ukraine's air defenses.
In December, Spiegel reported that Berlin will transfer seven Gepard systems to Ukraine in the spring of 2023. The publication noted that the systems, which were going to have been scrapped, are being repaired by a Munich-based arms company.
The arrival of the first three Gepards in Ukraine was reported in the summer of 2022. It was assumed that the systems would be used to help protect important infrastructure facilities.