Traffic light politicians and Ukraine demand direct deliveries of tanks

In the Berliner traffic light coalition the voices calling for an increase in German arms deliveries to the Ukraine are returning. In addition to the chair of the Bundestag Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (FDP), they include the chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Michael Roth (SPD), and the chair of the European Committee, Anton Hofreiter (Greens).

Hofreiter told the newspapers of the Bayern media group that “sooner or later” Germany would not be able to avoid the Ukraine to supply modern, Western main battle tanks. Roth stated that none of the western allies had so far delivered modern armored personnel carriers and main battle tanks. That is why the federal government should now "get together with its partners in the EU and NATO and clarify what else we can deliver".

Strack-Zimmermann also called on the federal government to give up its reluctance. Even the United States had asked Germany to take the lead in Europe and supply tanks. She was referring to one Twitter- A message from the US Embassy in Berlin stating that the United States called on "all allies and partners to give Ukraine as much support as possible in the fight for its democratic sovereignty". The decision on the type of aid is “ultimately up to each country itself”.

Spare parts and ammunition are likely to become scarce

While some of the artillery howitzers supplied by Germany are apparently being transported back for repair after being used in the Ukraine, the tank manufacturer Rheinmetall is making an offer. 15 once decommissioned, but now functional Marder armored personnel carriers are ready to be handed over to Ukraine, it said.

In terms of firepower and range on the battlefield, German main battle tanks wouldn't be much of an improvement. The Leopard 2 has an on-board cannon with a caliber of 120 millimeters, and the Bundeswehr specifies its maximum combat range as 5,000 meters. That is fewer than the ten Panzerhaubitz 2000 that Germany has delivered since June and that were immediately deployed at the front against the Russians. They have a 155 mm barreled weapon system and can engage targets at a distance of up to 40 km, depending on the ammunition used.

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