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Germany Delivers Drones, Trucks and Ammunition to Ukraine in the New Military Aid Package

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Zetros trucks are part of the German military aid to Ukraine, and the importance of this aid should not be underestimated / Illustrative photo credit: Canadian Army Today
Zetros trucks are part of the German military aid to Ukraine, and the importance of this aid should not be underestimated / Illustrative photo credit: Canadian Army Today

Ukraine's allies continue to give engineering and support equipment

Federal Government has updated the list of military aid delivered to Ukraine. Over the past week, Germany has sent one Dachs vehicle, 8 more Zetros trucks, antenna masts, a batch of recon drones and 40mm ammunition.

As a reminder, the Dachs is a multipurpose armored engineering vehicle, it can dig trenches, raise fortifications and evacuate damaged vehicles. Evacuation duty can be performed by the wheeled Zetros trucks, too. For example, these trucks were seen delivering Lithuanian M113 to Ukraine previously.

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Zetros truck can transport and evacuate armored vehicles easily
A Zetros truck can transport and evacuate armored vehicles easily, as these were involved in delivering M113 APCs from Lithuania to Ukraine / Photo credit: Lithuanian armed force

As for the drones, most likely, those were the Vector UAVs which we had a closer look at earlier. All the supplies come from German industry stocks, i.e. from the manufacturer, not Bundeswehr. Overall, nothing particularly new in this military package.

Another package of 40mm ammunition will also improve Ukrainian capabilities to repel advancing russian infantry waves and provide source material for drone-dropped munitions, as we often see the 40mm grenades remade by Ukrainian specialists so that they can explode on impact when dropped by a quadcopter, which proved extremely effective in some cases. Although the efficiency of this kind of use of drones is debated.

Of course, the 'traditional' way of using the grenade requires a lot of spare ammunition, too. For that, Ukrainian forces use a variety of grenade launchers from man-portable M32 Milkor and M320 to heavier Mk19 and GMG mounted grenade machine guns.

Mk19 automatic grenade launcher on the 40 Defiant patrol boat
Mk19 automatic grenade launcher on the 40 Defiant patrol boat / Photo credit: Ukrainian Navy
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