BRATISLAVA ($1=1.00 Euro) — The Minister of Protection of Slovakia, Jaroslav Nagy, introduced that the nation is able to hand over 30 BMP-1 models to Ukraine. He stated this throughout the signing of the protection settlement with Germany. The tools transferred will probably be from the so-called mobilization shares. These are BMP-1s which can be now not utilized by the Slovak Military.

Spain sends retired Aspide SAMs Mach 4 and Leopard 2A4s to Ukraine
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When the deliveries of armored automobiles to Ukraine will start will not be specified for safety causes, however it’s a matter of weeks. The ultimate switch will probably be introduced solely when all of the tools is in Ukraine. In return, the nation will obtain from Germany 15 Leopard 2A4 tanks. Together with the tools, spare elements will arrive and personnel will probably be skilled. Slovakia will obtain the primary Leopard already this yr, and the others are anticipated subsequent yr.

Leopard 2A4 tanks for Slovakia will probably be modernized. The Minister of Protection introduced that the worth of the tools that will probably be transferred to the nation is over 100 million euros. As for the switch of T-72 tanks to Ukraine, Yaroslav Nagy stated that such supply will not be deliberate. “We’re not at the moment contemplating sending T-72 tanks to Ukraine,” Nagy stated.

We remind you {that a} day in the past Ukraine acquired self-propelled weapons Zuzana 2 from Slovakia. It’s concerning the first 4 mounts. In June, Ukraine signed a contract for the provision of 8 Slovak self-propelled artillery models.

Germany sends to Ukraine ex-East German IFVs based on Soviet BMP-1
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Ukraine intently cooperates with Slovakia within the provision of navy support. Specifically, the nation desires to switch MiG-29 fighter jets to Ukraine for 300 million euros within the fall. As well as, Slovak protection enterprises are able to modernize and restore Ukrainian tools.

Additionally, because the starting of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the nation has repeatedly transferred tools and ammunition to Ukraine.

Promised, however will it ship?

Slovakia’s promised 15 Leopard 2A4 tanks observe the identical scheme as Germany promised at the very least 50 tanks to Poland. Poland despatched practically 200 T-72 tanks to Ukraine and acquired assurances from Germany that it will obtain an equal. And that equal is the Leopard 2A4.

Nevertheless, it turned out that Berlin couldn’t present the promised amount to Warsaw. In return, Germany supplied to provide 100 Leopard 1A5 tanks to Poland. Nevertheless, Poland doubts Germany’s availability. Specialists from Poland declare that the saved Leopard 2A4 tanks fell sufferer to “cannibalism”. I.e. through the years, Berlin has used a lot of the stockpiled Leopard 2A4s as spare elements for German tanks, or for nations which have bought this mannequin of tank.

Germany allows: 105mm Leopard 1A5 tanks + APFSDS ammo go to Ukraine
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However not solely that – Leopard 2 tanks can turn out to be chassis donors for different weapon methods resembling BREM or the PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzer.

Rheinmetall determined to reply

The dispute between Berlin and Warsaw over the supply of the promised Leopard 2A4 tanks additionally concerned the identify of the German producer Rheinmetall. The corporate was compelled to reply the continual questions of journalists and assaults from the Polish aspect. On August 3, the German firm Rheinmetall issued a particular press launch, distributed solely in German on the corporate’s web site.

“Solely the federal authorities decides what tools the Bundeswehr will obtain and whether or not help to Ukraine or different associate nations will probably be offered straight or in different methods – for instance as a hoop trade,” the press launch stated.

Apparently, the stress alongside the German-Polish political axis is step by step beginning to escalate. More than likely, German or Polish media [we assume, not claim – ed.] tried to contact the German producer. More than likely, the subjects weren’t throughout the competence of the German producer.

Rheinmetall’s function

Rheinmetall might deliver 50 'stored' Leopard-1A5 tanks to Ukraine
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The German firm Rheinmetall additionally says in its press launch that it receives many inquiries from the media every day concerning the intensely political dialogue associated to the protection of Ukraine. Within the public sphere, in addition to in politics, there’s an intense dialogue about how Ukraine ought to be supported in its protection towards Russian aggression. “5 months in the past, after Chancellor Scholz’s turning-the-corner speech, the federal authorities requested German trade for important contributions to help Ukraine. We responded shortly to this request and have been in shut contact with the federal government ever since,” the corporate stated.

“Rheinmetall sees its function in ongoing processes as supporting the federal authorities the place it’s wished or wanted with its technological know-how and related industrial companies. This is applicable each to the needs-based tools of the Bundeswehr and to navy help companies for Ukraine or different nations,” added Rheinmetall.

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