Ukraine has signed a contract with Diehl Defense, a German arms manufacturer, to purchase an IRIS-T air defence system.
According to European Pravda, Andrii Melnyk, Ukrainian ambassador to Germany, reported on the deal in an interview with Ukrinform.
“I hope that Berlin will support us in the purchase of another 10 IRIS-T stationary air defence systems, which are considered to be among the most powerful [air defence systems] in the world and which will be able to guarantee the security of the skies over Ukraine in the coming years,” Melnyk said.
He added that the contract to purchase the first IRIS-T system from Diehl Defence has already been concluded. According to the contract, the German government will shoulder the 178 million euro bill.
The Ukrainian ambassador to Germany also added that, according to his information, “nothing is preventing Berlin from approving the decision to send the Armed Forces of Ukraine some of their nearly 800 Fuchs transport tanks, 325 Leopard-2 combat tanks, or 380 Marder infantry combat vehicles – without making a dent in Germany’s defence capabilities.
So I really hope that the German government will put aside any excuses and will give Ukraine all the military aid that it can, including from its own reserves,” Melnik concluded.