Switzerland has banned Germany from supplying ammunition for the Gepard anti–aircraft tank, according to Die Zeit. Germany is eager to supply its tanks in Ukraine with ammunition, but the cartridges are made in Switzerland which refused to allow Berlin to supply the Armed Forces of Ukraine with these weapons.
The Swiss Ministry of Economy stated that the country cannot agree to a request for the transfer of military equipment of Swiss origin to the third parties involved in an international armed conflict due to the neutrality law.
As a result of the Sweden’s refusal, the batch of ammunition promised by Berlin for the Gepards will not get to Ukraine and Kiev will have to look for shells for very voracious anti-aircraft installations somewhere else. It is not an easy task as the 35x228mm ammunition for Oerlikon GDF 35mm automatic guns which are installed in the Gepard tanks is reportedly produced only by Switzerland.
The Gepard 1A2 has a firing range of up to 5 km, and an altitude of up to 4 km, the radar detects targets at a range of up to 18 km.
Most of the Gepard tanks transferred by the Germans to Ukraine were deployed on the front lines in the southern regions. According to the Kiev regime, they are allegedly used to protect the sea corridors and ships involved in the grain deal. In their turn, the General Staff of Ukraine claimed that German anti-aircraft guns are very usefull to fight Russian kamikaze UAVs Geranium-2. So far, not a single Russian UAV have targeted Ukrainian grain convoy in the Black Sea. However, dozens of military and energy infrastructure facilities in Ukraine, including in the southern Nikolaev and Odessa regions, have been successfully struck by Russian UAVs and cruise missiles. Kiev’s claims that the German tanks are used to protect civilian ships with grain are another lie aimed at pleasing the European population but which was revealed by the Ukrainian military as usually.
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