Germany to supply 50 Leopard 1 tanks and 60 Marder infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine

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Germany is supplying up to 50 Leopard 1 tanks and at least 60 Marder-type armored personnel carriers to Ukraine to arm its soldiers to counter the Russian onslaught inside Ukrainian territories. German military equipment maker Rheinmetall will supply Marder infantry fighting vehicles to the Ukrainian armed forces by the end of 2022, Berlin newspaper Bild reported. German infantry Marder vehicles are operated by the German military. They have been the main weapon of the Panzergrenadiere (mechanized infantry) since the 1970s in Berlin.

“The sealed hull is welded from various types of armored sheets up to 30 mm thick, capable of protecting the front from 20 mm and 25 mm bullets at a distance of 200 m, and the sides – from splinters of shells, small 7.62mm weapons,” Blid reports.

Initially, the defense equipment manufacturing company offered the German government a plan by which the Marder infantry fighting vehicles could have been immediately delivered to the Ukrainian forces. But that would mean that the vehicles would have to be shipped from available supplies from the German armed forces. The proposal was rejected by the German Defense Ministry. The Bundeswehr even made an offer to be compensated for the lost amount with new samples. Rheinmetall had also asked the German Ministry of Defense to purchase the 4 million units of ammunition for the BMP, but there was “no response” from the German government.

Germany says it has reached a ‘limit’ in arms supply to Ukraine

Germany has reached its limits and has exhausted its ability to supply weapons to Ukraine from its military reserves, but is coordinating with the arms industry for deliveries, German defense minister says Christine Lambrecht at the State Press.

“For deliveries from Bundeswehr stocks, I must honestly say that we have reached a limit,” she told German daily Augsburger Allgemeine. The German army must maintain its capacity for action and be able to “guarantee the defense of the country and of the (NATO) alliance”, she added. “But that doesn’t mean we can’t do more for Ukraine, that’s why we’ve clarified what industry can provide directly” in Kyiv, Lambrecht said. Berlin “constantly consults Ukraine on this subject”. As Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, Germany had been reluctant for “historic World War II reasons” to send arms to Ukraine.

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