- Germany is planning to send 16 Biber bridge-layer tanks to Ukraine.
- Tanks deploy assault bridges to help soldiers cross streams, ditches and other obstacles on the battlefield.
- Bieber tanks are the latest to be added to Ukraine’s growing arsenal of Western weapons.
The ministry said in a statement on Friday that Germany plans to send 16 Biber bridge-layer tanks to Ukraine to help its forces “clear water or other obstacles in battle”.
Germany’s Federal Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said the first six systems are due to be delivered later this year, and 10 more systems will follow next year.
The package includes vehicles as well as transportation, repair and training.
According to Military Today, tanks carry and deploy assault bridges to help soldiers cross streams, ditches and other obstacles on the battlefield, and can cover 60 feet in a matter of minutes. Huh.
The Bieber tanks, based on the modified Leopard 1 main battle tank chassis, are the latest to be added to Ukraine’s growing arsenal of Western weapons.
Germany has recently agreed to transfer other weapons to Ukraine, including 15 Gepard anti-aircraft tanks, and has recently delivered several Mars II Multiple Rocket System and PzH 2000 Howitzer.
As of February this year, Germany’s policy was not to send weapons to war zones, but a historic exception was made after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Despite its pledges, Berlin has faced criticism for delays in sending the promised arms.
The US also recently sent HIMARS to Ukraine, short for High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, which has been credited with strengthening Ukraine’s military against Russia.
Ukraine has launched a new counteroffensive in the south of the country, aimed at recapturing the city of Kershon, which fell early in the Russian offensive. The port city is located on the delta of the Black Sea and the Dnipro River.
War for control of the river system was signaled last month when the US agreed to supply 18 patrol boats to Ukraine to help protect its riverways as part of a $450 million security aid package. was expressed.
The Defense Department said Thursday that the package included two 35-foot small-unit river craft, six 40-foot maritime combat craft and ten 34-foot Dauntless Sea Ark patrol boats.
“These are largely meant to protect riverways and enable Ukraine to maintain its control over riverways. They can also be used in adjacent coastal areas,” a senior defense official said during a briefing at the Pentagon. ”