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Germany announces Vulcan guided artillery shells for Ukraine

The German government updated its previously announced list of weapons for Ukraine on Sunday, including munitions such as more than 250 Vulcan long-range guided artillery shells.

Claimed as the “most advanced technology” in “accurate ground artillery fire” by manufacturer Leonardo, the 155mm Vulcan is expected to improve the range and accuracy of Ukrainian artillery against stationary and moving targets, reducing as well as collateral damage.

The shell, co-developed by Diehl Defence, can strike at a distance of up to 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) with an accuracy of 5 meters (16.4 feet), Leonardo States on its website.

The insensitive ammunition of the shell can withstand extreme temperatures, shocks and adjacent detonating ammunition. Its radio frequency (RF) programmable fuse allows for instantaneous and delayed impact.

The RF fuse can be replaced with a dedicated semi-active laser sensor to engage laser designated targets for additional accuracy.

The shell can also be programmed to hit its target at an angle of 90 degrees, greatly reducing its visibility from enemy defense systems.

More German weapons for Ukraine

The most recent addition also includes 20 vehicle-mounted 70mm rocket launchers, 2,000 rockets and laser target designators, approximately 1,600 155mm projectiles, over 60,000 40mm rounds, 30 MG3 machine guns, 12 armored recovery vehicles and six pickup trucks.

Extending the frequency range of over 40 counter drone systems is also included.

Germany also plans to send 15 Gepard air defense systems in addition to the 15 already delivered.

The European nation also includes a Cobra counter-battery radar system and an IRIS-T surface-launched air defense missile as well as a range of other offensive and non-offensive military support.