Germany transfers another critical IRIS-T air defense system to Ukraine

19 April, 03:38 PM
The complex was delivered a few days ago (Photo:wegecon/Twitter)

The complex was delivered a few days ago (Photo:wegecon/Twitter)

Germany has delivered another IRIS-T air defense system to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, German’s Der Spiegel reported on April 19.

The system is the second of four that Germany promised to give to Ukraine.

Additional IRIS-T SLM missiles were delivered as part of Germany’s military aid.

Germany handed over the first out of the four pledged IRIS-T air defense systems to the Ukrainian Armed Forces on Oct. 11, 2022.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz said on Oct. 24 that Germany would hand over three more IRIS-T systems to Ukraine as soon as possible. Prior to that, then-German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht stated that Kyiv would receive three more IRIS-T air defense systems in 2023.

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Ukrainian Air Force spokesperson, Yuriy Ihnat, said in October that Ukraine was delighted with the results of the first IRIS-T, saying the system “shows 100% effectiveness.”

The German government announced on April 18, 2023, that a new military aid package had been delivered to Ukraine, which included the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system and shells for it.

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