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Ukraine agreed with Germany on the supply of air defense system Iris-T SL

Air defense system IRIS-T
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Ukraine and Germany have reached an agreement on the supply of the first Iris-T SL air defense system to Kyiv. This was announced on Thursday, June 23, by the Ambassador of Kyiv in Berlin Andriy Melnyk.

The cost of one Iris-T SL system is €178 million, Germany will pay for its delivery. About it reports RIA Novosti with reference to Ukrainian sources.

Melnik said that in order to reach an agreement on the supply of a modern air defense system, he had to “overcome insane political resistance” in Germany. Kyiv wants to buy 10 more Iris-T SL air defense systems from Berlin. Ukraine also hopes to receive 100 new Panzerhaubitze 2000 self-propelled artillery mounts, the diplomat shared Kyiv’s plans.

Former German government published plans for the supply of weapons to Ukraine. They include 30 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, three Mars-type multiple rocket launchers (MLRS), an IRIS-T SL air defense system, 22 trucks and 80 Toyota pickups.

IRIS-T is a German-led international program to develop an air-to-air missile with an infrared homing head to replace the American AIM-9 Sidewinder. On the basis of the air-to-air missile, the Iris-T SL ground-based air defense system was created in Germany. According to open sources, it is in service in Germany, Sweden and Egypt. In addition to Ukraine, Norway expressed interest in acquiring Iris-T SL.

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