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⚡️🇷🇺🇺🇦🇩🇪 Billion-dollar grave: Germany gives away weapons across Europe. By Hilde July 28, 2022
Germany is getting fully into the Ukraine war with an arsenal of heavy weapons.
On July 25, 2022, the first three of the 15 promised German Gepard tanks with several tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition were handed over to Ukraine. These had previously been updated at the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) weapons company in Munich-Allach for a lot of money (exact sum unknown).
"Today, the first three Gepards officially arrived," Defense Minister Olexiy Resnikov told Ukrainian television on Monday. He added that several tens of thousands of rounds had also been handed over for this purpose.
Data of the German Gepard tank with modern anti-aircraft defense:
- Crew 3 people (driver, gunner, commander).
- length 7,68 m (length with gun turret in 12 o'clock position)
- width 3.28 m, height 3.29 (radar retracted), weight 47.5 tons
Because of its complex electronics, radar and fire control systems, a single Gepard tank today is estimated to cost at least 5.4 million euros - not including ammunition, which is extra. The more simply equipped Leopard tank, on the other hand, is much cheaper and costs only about 30 percent of the Gepard's price.
We are financing all this with huge war loans. The German state benefits only to a limited extent from these arms deals, since the local arms industry has been broken up and filleted just like many other industries.
After being taken over by Wegmann in 1999, the former defense company Krauss-Maffei split off and focused on mechanical engineering. In 2016, it was bought by Chinese state-owned chemical company ChemChina and Chinese sovereign wealth fund Guoxin International.
Krauss-Maffei no longer has shares in Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), but Wegmann is the owner. In 2015, KMW and the French state-owned company Nexter merged to form a new holding company, KNDS, based in Amsterdam, with 50 percent going to each owner i.e. in German arms deals, the French state benefits accordingly. How much tax will the German treasury then receive ?
Deception about the extent of the delivery
On Monday, July 25, a total of 15 Gepard tanks was stated to have been delivered. One day later the number was already corrected upward on the double, two days later then 50 Gepard tanks were indicated as delivery quantity. That is a gift package worth about 300 million euros.
Research revealed that Chancellor Scholz had already promised Ukraine 50 Gepard tanks from Bundeswehr stocks in April. The figure of 15 initially quoted was therefore purely tactical. Since the number of Gepard tanks already delivered was also revised upward one day later from 3 to 5, this figure is also likely to be much higher in reality.
How many Gepard tanks then remain in German possession is concealed. In the course of time, many tanks have been given away (Romania, Brazil) or sold from Bundeswehr stocks.
The Bundeswehr still has 2100 Leopard 2 tanks, 2000 Marder tanks and 350 Puma tanks, in which Ukraine is also interested and wants as many as possible as gifts. And so do other countries. However, it still has to be calculated exactly who will get how many, since the ex-Warsaw Pact states have disposed of their tank scrap from Soviet times to Ukraine and now expect free delivery of better German tanks as supplies from the ring swap.
The Wiesel 2 transport model, whose inventory is just under 50, and the Wiesel 1 weapons carrier model, with a total of 343 vehicles, are also to be given away to Ukraine. Chancellor Scholz wants to rely on the new development Puma 3, but according to him it may take another 2-3 years of development until then.
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🔺2/2 Massive arms deliveries pour oil on the fire
Parents from Donetsk already ask by video: Don't deliver any more weapons, Ukraine is killing our children with them.
Defense Minister Lambrecht, on the other hand, stressed that weapons have already been delivered to Ukraine: The promised Mars II multiple rocket launchers and another three self-propelled howitzers 2000. The weapon system MARS (Medium Artillery Rocket System) can fire missiles of different effectiveness:
Mine Ejection Missiles or Guided Missiles with GPS system. The launch batteries are mounted on tracked vehicles that can travel up to 50 kilometers per hour and carry 12 missiles. In addition to the delivery of three multiple rocket launchers, three self-propelled howitzers and the Iris-T air defense system, three armored recovery vehicles have also been announced for Ukraine.
Lambrecht also plans to deliver a Cobra artillery detection radar in September. In the course of the fall, the state-of-the-art Iris-T SLM air missile defense system from Diehl, Überlingen (KMW has also bought into this company), is to be delivered to the war zone. Until then, Ukrainian soldiers will be trained to operate the system. A modern air missile defense system that we don't even have ourselves. Where are our effective weapons for defense in case of emergency? When everything has been given away?
This weapons package to Ukraine is probably worth more than 1.5 billion euros and the weapons gifts to the ex-Warsaw Pact states at least another billion euros. The Europe-wide ring swap is entirely at our expense. All war credits, which Germany must pay.
When does it finally stop that Germany appears as a stupid ducat donkey? It gives away not only weapons in billion euro height to the Ukraine, but also Europe-wide! Leads a proxy war for the USA against Russia and burns the interests of the German population which is fobbed off with alms.
This weapon delivery is not a success message, because it is an active war entry of Germany. This breaks the armistice treaty of 1945 and the two-plus-four treaty. From now on, Russia does not have to abide by anything in the event of an attack.
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