Germany Ramps Up Arms Exports, With Ukraine Receiving Major Share

by Roman Cheplyk
Monday, April 22, 2024
Germany Ramps Up Arms Exports, With Ukraine Receiving Major Share

In the first quarter of 2024, Germany significantly increased its arms exports, issuing permits worth a total of 5.2 billion euros, with Ukraine receiving the lion’s share

According to data released on the website of the Ministry of Finance of the Federal Republic of Germany, 74% of these arms exports, amounting to 3.8 billion euros, are designated for Ukraine.

This marks a substantial increase from the same period in 2023, where total arms exports were valued at 2.4 billion euros, and aid to Ukraine was 497 million euros. The escalation reflects Germany's ongoing commitment to supporting Ukraine amidst its conflict with Russia.

Other countries receiving substantial military aid from Germany include Singapore (584 million euros), India (143 million euros), Saudi Arabia (126 million euros), and Qatar (97 million euros). The approved exports cover a range of weaponry including tanks, armored vehicles, military aircraft, ships, artillery guns, machine guns, and ammunition.

Sven Hygold, State Secretary of Germany's Ministry of Economy and Climate Protection, highlighted Ukraine's predominant role in Germany's arms export strategy. "Ukraine, which accounts for 74% of total approvals in the first quarter of 2024, continues to be the main recipient country of German arms exports," he stated.

For the entire year of 2023, Germany issued arms export permits totaling 12.2 billion euros. Germany remains the second-largest supplier of arms to Ukraine, trailing only the United States. To date, Berlin has committed approximately 28 billion euros in funds for military support to Kyiv, underscoring its significant role in the international effort to bolster Ukraine's defense capabilities.

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