Germany’s Bundeswehr announces the forthcoming delivery of 16 BIBER (BEAVER) armoured bridge-laying vehicles for the Ukraine.
Press Release, Berlin, 29 July 2022: To further support the Ukrainian land forces, [German] Federal Minister Lambrecht has decided to deliver a package of 16 BIBER armoured bridge-laying vehicles.
With the BIBER, the Ukrainian troops can overcome water or obstacles in battle. Delivery of the first six systems will take place later this year, starting in the fall. Ten more systems will follow next year. The overall package includes sixteen armoured bridge-laying vehicles as well as transport, repair and training.
This decision supplements the support provided by the Bundeswehr in July 2022:-
- Lethal re-exports that require German approval: 20,000 rounds of 155mm howitzer ammunition through Norway, 8 type FH-70 field howitzers through Estonia, 12 trucks (Unimog) through Estonia, 3 Wolf SUVs through Estonia
- Support with non-lethal support goods from Bundeswehr stocks: 102 motor vehicles (trucks, minibuses, off-road vehicles; thereof 22 trucks 15t and 80 Toyota Pick-ups), 6 HEP70 incl. decontamination agent
- Support with lethal goods from Bundeswehr stocks: 3 self-propelled howitzers 2000, 3 MARS II multiple rocket launchers including ammunition
- Paid as part of the extended upgrading initiative from the industry list: 33 M113 personnel carriers from Denmark with armament, 7 GEPARD anti-aircraft gun tanks including ammunition
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