The projectile launch vehicle of the IRIS-T SL complex was displayed in Berlin in 2016. Photo: Wikipedia

Germany announced more than 1.4 billion USD in additional military aid to Ukraine, helping Kyiv deal with Russia in a conflict that has lasted more than 20 months.

German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius said that Germany would deploy an additional military aid package worth 1.3 billion euros ($1.42 billion) to Ukraine, including four IRIS-T air defense systems and artillery shells. He announced in Kyiv today after meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Rustem Umerov.

The IRIS-T air defense system is a gas Ukraine hopes to provide to deal with missile and UAV raids by Russian forces.

This is the third batch of IRIS-T that Germany has provided aid to Ukraine since Russia launched its campaign in the neighboring country in February 2022. The first batch includes 4 IRIS-T, with three systems delivered to Kyiv; the fourth system is expected to be delivered this winter. The second batch of IRIS-T will arrive in Ukraine in 2024.

IRIS-T has a range of 40 km and is capable of shooting down targets at a maximum altitude of 20 km; it is designed to protect key locations against attacks from planes, helicopters, and aerial vehicles. Driver or rocket. Each complex includes a command vehicle, a radar station and three launch vehicles with up to 24 combat-ready bullets.

The 40 km range makes IRIS-T best suited for protecting urban centers and key infrastructure rather than creating large-scale air defense cells that impact the battlefield.

Mr. Pistorius announced on November 13 that Germany decided to double military aid to Ukraine to 8 billion euros (8.5 billion USD) in 2024. The number was given based on the situation of providing military support For Ukraine this year.

Germany has been one of Ukraine‘s main supporters since Russia launched the campaign, with 22 billion euros (23.5 billion USD) in humanitarian, financial and military support. However, Berlin rejected the possibility of providing the Taurus long-range missiles that Kyiv requested, fearing they would be used to target Russian territory.