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​Germany "Immediately" Sends Patriot to Ukraine – Pistorius

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Illustrative photo: Patriot air defense system / Photo credit:
Illustrative photo: Patriot air defense system / Photo credit:

Defense minister Pistorius announced the transfer of a Patriot air defense system without waiting for the next one to be produced

Germany will "immediately" hand over another fire unit of Patriot anti-aircraft/anti-missile system to Ukraine in order to ward off russian attacks, Minister Boris Pistorius announced on the official X social page of the German Ministry of Defense. This will be the third Patriot system provided by Berlin to Ukraine.

The provision of an additional air defense system the ministry connects to the recent increase in russian missile shelling of Ukraine's critical infrastructure which endangers power supply to Ukrainian citizens and undermines the operational readiness of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

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Patriot anti-missile defense system in on duty in Ukraine, May 2023 / Defense Express / Germany
Patriot anti-missile defense system in on duty in Ukraine, May 2023 / Photo credit: Ukrainian Air Force

Pistorius notes that prior to approving the decision to send another Patriot, he had committed to procuring a new one for the Bundeswehr as quickly as possible:

"With our support for Ukraine, we are going as far as we can in view of our own operational readiness," the defense minister stated.

Official announcement from Boris Pistorius on additional Patriot transfer to Ukraine / Defense Express / Germany
Official announcement from Boris Pistorius on additional Patriot transfer to Ukraine. Click to view the source on X

The commitment was announced shortly after a phone call between the Chancellor of Germany Olaf Scholz with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskyi who has already thanked Germany and the Chancellor for the additional Patriot.

Alongside the air defense system, missiles to keep it firing will be provided. Earlier Zelenskyi announced that Ukraine needs 25 Patriot-level air defense systems to protect its infrastructure, or at least seven.

Defense Express reminds that Germany is part of the so-called "air defense coalition" (CapCo IAMD) of nations established on the sidelines of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group, also known as the "Ramstein format," and has recently joined the "armored vehicle coalition" as well. Some of Germany's efforts were looking for available Patriot systems worldwide and training of Ukrainian personnel to operate them.

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