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Germany sets new record in arms exports amid war in Ukraine

Germany sets new record in arms exports amid war in Ukraine Germany has renewed its record in arms exports (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The current government of Germany has set a new record in arms exports. This is associated with the war in Ukraine, reports Tagesschau.

"By mid-December, the federal government approved arms exports totaling at least 11.71 billion euros, setting a new record," the material states.

The previous maximum of 9.35 billion euros from 2021 was exceeded by 25%. Compared to the previous year, there was even a 40% increase.

More than a third of the approved exports, totaling 4.15 billion euros, went to Ukraine for protection against Russian occupiers.

Where else did Germany export weapons?

The figures cover the period from January 1 to December 12, 2023, during which the federal government approved military weapon exports worth 6.15 billion euros and other military equipment worth 5.57 billion euros.

Almost 90% went to EU and NATO countries, Ukraine, and countries treated similarly to NATO states regarding arms export control, such as Japan, Australia, or South Korea.

The federal government supplied weapons and other German-made armaments worth 1.76 billion euros to other countries like Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia.

Germany's assistance to Ukraine

Germany has been one of the countries aiding Ukraine by providing military, political, and financial support. Berlin provided various artillery types, Leopard tanks of older and newer modifications, IRIS-T and Patriot air defense systems, ammunition, vehicles, drones, and other armaments.

Last month, Germany announced it would double its military assistance to Ukraine in 2024 to 8 billion euros.

Recently, Germany updated the list of military aid supplied to Ukraine, providing additional Gepard anti-aircraft guns to Kyiv.