Germany sends Ukraine an armored belt vehicle equipped with an old Gepard antiaircraft gun.

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Thairath Online

29 Apr 2022 14:00

Western media outlets such as Deutsche Welle and Bloomberg reported that the German government had authorized the supply of 50 Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft guns to the Ukrainian military to support Russian bear fighters. After weeks of pressure from the United States, Germany It was the first time Germany would send heavy weapons to Ukraine. Germany previously supplied only light weapons such as the Panzerfaust 3 anti-tank missile, the Stinger and Strela shoulder-mounted anti-aircraft missile launchers (SA-7 Grail), as well as infantry self-defense equipment such as helmets.

Although Germany had already agreed to supply heavy weapons to Ukraine under pressure But there are still obstacles. Because Gepard’s claws are two Oerlikon 35 mm anti-aircraft guns, using Swiss-made ammunition. before sending it to a third country Permission from the Swiss government is required first. which is known for its maverick position in the middle. The Swiss government has refused to supply ammunition to Ukraine. The 35 x 228 mm ammunition used as an antiaircraft ammunition contradicts the policy of neutrality. According to Reuters news, Germany had to supply ammunition from other countries’ stockpile to Ukraine. The ammunition host country must also not procure Swiss ammunition. If it is not available, Ukraine may have a Gepard without ammunition for display.

The Gepard is an armored vehicle-powered anti-aircraft gun of the German Army. Can be used in all weather conditions Developed in the 1960s, it entered service in the West German Army in the 1970s and has undergone several upgrades. With the latest electronic equipment to lock the target and direct fire with automatic systems. It is the cornerstone of the air defense of the German Army and many other NATO treaty countries.

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The Gepard self-propelled anti-aircraft gun has been in service with the West Germany Army since the 1970s. It uses two Oerlikon 35 mm anti-aircraft guns mounted on the Leopard 1 carriage, with a combined rate of fire of 1,100 rounds per minute and a carrying capacity of 680 rounds. Shoot 5.5 kilometers, the radar has a detection range of 15 kilometers.

The current version of Gepard is designed to overcome all the challenges of the 21st century in modern fighter defense. attack helicopter Remotely controlled missiles and gliders It can also oppose against drones. There is an anti-missile system with electronic protection measures. and electronic firing Blasts massive clusters of 35mm shells to destroy incoming projectiles for destruction. It served in the armies of Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium and Romania.

Product specifications
Performance features

Weight 47.5 t

Ku-band target tracking radar 15 km

S-band surveillance radar 15 km

Combat range up to 6,000 m

Armaments 2 x 35 mm machine gun

Maximum vehicle speed 65 km/h

Engine performance 610 kW (830 HP)

Height (turret roof) 3.29 m

Length (turret 12:00 o’clock) 7.68 m

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