German aid package for Ukraine: EUR 400 million - how much is this in rounds?
German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius says that the new EUR 400 million aid package for Ukraine will include ammunition, demining equipment, power generators and clothing
Boris Pistorius made the statement in an interview with the German news agency Bild.
“We are supplying additional ammunition: explosive ammunition, mortar ammunition, mine rockets. But we also have our eye on the approaching winter: We will send clothing, but also electricity and heat generators. In total, the package will be worth 400 million euros” he said in the interview.
According to Defense Express, the current focus in military aid is shifting toward ammunition. The transfer of armored vehicles may only involve the already disclosed additional Marder and Leopard 1 tanks. Though the exact allocation for ammunition isn't clear, if assumed that it's 75% of the cost, i.e., EUR 300 million, that translates to a substantial quantity of ammunition.
For instance, the export price of 155-mm rounds produced by Expal Systems SA (now part of Rheinmetall) was EUR 3,300 per round in December 2022. Even if this order was placed at a peak cost, it means that with half the budget of the new aid package, 90,000 rounds of 155-mm ammunition could be procured.
Considering that the aid package also includes mortar shells, rocket-assisted projectiles, and various artillery beyond 155-mm caliber, it's challenging to calculate the total quantity of ammunition included in the package.
Germany’s assistance to Ukraine
Germany has been providing military assistance to Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale war. In particular, Ukrainian soldiers are receiving German armored vehicles, including Leopard 2 tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicles.
On March 24, Germany handed over machine guns, engineering vehicles, and anti-drone systems to Ukraine.
Already in April, the country sent another military aid package to Ukraine, which included trucks, reconnaissance drones, and ammunition.
On May 14, Germany announced a new EUR 2.7 billion aid package for Ukraine, which included 4 IRIS-T-SLM anti-aircraft missile systems, 30 Leopard tanks, and 20 Marder infantry fighting vehicles. On May 23, the country handed over a TRML-4D air defense radar, Vector reconnaissance drones, and more.
Later, the German Ministry of Defense ordered 20 Marder infantry fighting vehicles for Ukraine from Rheinmetall. The infantry fighting vehicles are likely to be delivered to the country by the end of July.
Also in June, Germany announced its intention to provide Ukraine with EUR 381 million in humanitarian aid.
On July 13, Germany handed over Gepard anti-aircraft guns and fire control stations for IRIS-T to Ukraine.
On July 21, Germany announced a new military aid package for Ukraine, which for the first time includes Leopard tanks, machine guns, artillery shells, and other necessary weapons.
On August 17, Ukraine received another package of military aid from Germany, which includes IRIS-T air defense systems.