Germany to transfer Dingo armored vehicles, additional MARS II rocket launchers to Ukraine

15 September, 08:31 PM
Dingo armored vehicles (Photo:Wikipedia)

Dingo armored vehicles (Photo:Wikipedia)

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht has announced Berlin is ready to transfer Dingo armored vehicles and additional MARS II multiple launch rocket systems (MLRS) to Ukraine, the Bild newspaper reported on Sept. 15.

Lambrecht clarified Ukraine would get 50 Dingo armored vehicles, two MARS II MLRS and 200 rockets.

The training of the crews to work with this equipment should take place in Germany in September, she said.

“The courageous and successful conduct of operations by the Armed Forces of Ukraine shows how important it is to quickly provide Ukraine with additional military equipment,” Lambrecht said.

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According to Bild, Dingo sales were considered as an alternative to the transfer of Fuchs armored personnel carriers to Ukraine in close coordination with several German ministries.

The Dingo is an armored wheeled vehicle used for patrol and reconnaissance. The Bundeswehr has more than 500 vehicles of this type in various modifications.

On Sept. 7, Germany said it would not supply Dingo armoured vehicles to Ukraine, arguing that it needs them for its own army.

Moreover, German newspaper Die Welt reported on Sept. 6 that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz had refused to supply Leopard 2 tanks to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

Commenting on this, Scholz said his country was helping Ukraine enough with weapons, while the decision to transfer any military equipment should be made in coordination with allies.

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