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Germany’s latest Ukraine aid list includes new rocket launchers, Vulcano munition

Ukraine receiving Vulcano ammunition with a range of 70 kilometers
Illustration: Leonardo photo of the Vulcano ammunition

The latest update to the German government’s list of military equipment delivered or promised for Ukraine in support of its defense against the Russian invasion has revealed a number of interesting items.

It is worth noting that the German government updated its list just a day before the Kiel Institute published a report on Thursday which said new pledges for military aid for Ukraine had dropped to almost zero, with large EU countries like Germany, France, or Italy making no significant new pledges.

The newest additions to Germany’s list of military equipment supplied to Ukraine include three more Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns – bringing the total number to 15, as well as another 11 Danish M113 armored personnel carriers, whose upgrade as financed by Germany.

The below list outlines all of the equipment Germany supplied to Ukraine so far:

  • 403.000 pre-packaged military Meals Ready
  • 3.000 anti-tank weapons Panzerfaust 3 with 900 firing devices
  • 14.900 anti-tank mines
  • 500 Man Portable Air Defense Systems STINGER
  • 2.700 Man Portable Air Defense Systems STRELA
  • 10 self-propelled howitzers Panzerhaubitze 2000 including adaption, training and spare parts (joint project with the Netherlands)
  • 21,8 million rounds of ammunition for fire arms
  • 50 bunker buster missiles
  • 100 machine gun MG3 with 500 spare barrels and breechblocks
  • 100.000 hand grenades
  • 5.300 explosive charges
  • 100.000 m detonating cord and 100.000 detonators
  • 350.000 detonators
  • 10.500 projectiles 155mm
  • 10 anti-drone guns
  • 14 anti-drone sensors and jammers
  • 100 auto-injector devices
  • 28.000 combat helmets
  • 15 palettes military clothing
  • 280 vehicles (trucks, minibuses, all-terrain vehicles)
  • 100 tents
  • 12 generators
  • 6 palettes material for explosive ordnance disposal
  • 125 binoculars
  • 1.200 hospital beds
  • 18 palettes medical material, 60 surgical lights
  • protective clothing, surgical masks
  • 10.000 sleeping bags
  • 600 safety glasses
  • 1 radio frequency system
  • 3.000 field telephones with 5.000 cable reels and carrying straps
  • 1 field hospital (joint project with Estonia)
  • 353 night vision googles
  • 4 electronic anti-drone devices
  • 165 field glasses
  • medical material (inter alia back packs, compression bandages)
  • 38 laser range finders
  • Diesel and gasoline (ongoing deliveries) *
  • 10 tons AdBlue*
  • 500 medical gauzes
  • MiG-29 spare parts*
  • 30 protected vehicles*
  • 80 pick-up trucks*
  • 7.944 man-portable anti-tank weapons RGW 90 Matador
  • 3 multiple rocket launchers MARS with ammunition
  • 6 mobile decontamination vehicles HEP 70 including decontamination material 
  • 10 HMMWV (8x ground radar capability, 2x jamming/anti drone capability)*
  • 3 armoured recovery vehicles*
  • 7 radio jammers*
  • 8 mobile ground surveillance radars and thermal imaging cameras*
  • 4 mobile, remote controlled and protected mine clearing systems*
  • 8 electronic anti-drone devices*
  • 1 high frequency unit with equipment
  • 49.000 rounds ammunitions for self-propelled anti-aircraft guns
  • 2 fridges for medical material

What makes the updated list stand out is the new equipment pledged for Ukraine, including a total of 20 70mm rocket launchers mounted on pick-up trucks with 2.000 rockets and laser target designators. While the German government did not specify, the launchers could be the Fletcher system manufactured by Arnold Defense.

While the list of new equipment bound for Ukraine incorporates the more common 155 mm munition, several previously unreported or unconfirmed items have emerged, including 255 of the 70-kilometer-range Vulcano projectiles, armored recovery vehicles and MG3 guns for them, 10 autonomous surface vessels, 43 reconnaissance drones, 10 protected vehicles, a vehicle decontamination system, IRIS-T SLM air defense systems, and 16 Biber (Beaver) bridge-laying tanks.

The defense ministry noted that several items on the list would either require upgrades or their production is still ongoing.

As explained, in the 2022 budget process, the funds for the security capacity building initiative were increased to a total of 2 billion euros for the year 2022. The additional funds are to be used primarily to support Ukraine. At the same time, they will be used to finance Germany’s increased mandatory contributions to the European Peace Facility (EPF), which in turn goes towards reimbursing EU member states for costs incurred to them in providing support for Ukraine.