According to several sources, the UK is planning to send armor-piercing rounds which contain depleted uranium (DU) to Ukraine.
The German Rheinmetall has been contracted by the German Ministry of Defence to supply the Ukrainian Army with 300,000 35mm ammunition for the Gepard anti-aircraft systems. The value of the order, as stated in the company’s announcement, is in the low three-digit million euro range.
Rheinmetall will supply the Ukrainian Armed Forces with 150,000 Armor Piercing Discarding Sabot – Tracer (APDS-T) and 150,000 High Explosive Incendiary – Tracer (HEI-T) ammunition. The first delivery of APDS-T will take place in summer 2023. The shift of production from APDS-T to HEI-T is planned for mid-2024.
The German all-weather self-propelled anti-aircraft system was developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann based on the Leopard 1 tank chassis and is equipped with a twin Oerlikon GDF X 35mm cannon, with 320 anti-aircraft rounds, 20 anti-tank missiles and a 76mm twin launcher smoke generator.
With information from: Rheinmetall, Defence Redefined
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