More German Gepard Air Defense Gun Systems On The Way
More air-defense weapons are on the way from several supporting countries to Ukraine, which is asking for more equipment donations to protect against ongoing Russian missile and drone barrages aimed at civilian infrastructure.
Germany has promised Kyiv seven more of its Gepard (German for cheetah) 1A2 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun systems, or SPAAGs. Berlin has now delivered 30 of the tracked Gepard vehicles, which sport a pair of 35mm automatic cannons mounted on a rotating turret that also features an integrated radar, according to the German government’s ongoing tally of military and humanitarian aid it has sent to Ukraine.
Following a recent visit to Kyiv, Gustav Cressel, a senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said the top item on Ukrainian soldiers’ weapons wish lists was more Gepards.
Ukraine is using the Gepard to shoot down everything from cruise missiles to Iranian-built Shahed suicide drones that Russian forces are firing against military…