Germany to offer Ukraine armored cars and “Patriot” air defense system

The first “Marder” infantry fighting vehicles will be supplied to the Ukrainian Army in 2023, after German soldiers have been trained to operate them, according to media reports. Berlin and Washington issued a statement announcing the decision to supply Kiev with combat vehicles for the first time. The Marder 1A3 is an infantry fighting vehicle designed in the 1960s and produced in the late 1970s for the German Army of West Germany.

The Patriot missile system, manufactured by Raytheon, is a surface-to-air missile system designed to intercept high-flying aircraft. It was modified in the 1980s to focus on the new threat of tactical ballistic missiles, and proved effective against Russian-made Iraqi Scuds in the first Gulf War.

The goal of Ukraine’s international helpers is to build multi-layered air defenses for the country, consisting of low-, medium- and high-altitude systems that can protect against various threats. However, due to the Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine, many civilians are without basic needs such as food and power. NATO foreign ministers are currently discussing more aid for Ukraine, which would also include assistance for bombed-out energy infrastructure.

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