On Tuesday, the German Defense Minister revealed an agreement was reached for producing new ammunition for their self-propelled anti-aircraft guns, which had been given to Ukraine. This agreement addressed the issues encountered when searching for ammunition from other sources.

The ability to source munitions for the Gepard anti-aircraft guns sent to Ukraine by the German government was a significant victory in Kyiv’s fight against regular Russian bombardments. 

One of Germany’s most iconic and successful rounds since World War II is the MG 151/20 20mm autocannon round. It was developed during that time as an aircraft armament and saw extensive use in numerous combat situations during the war. The round features an armor-piercing incendiary projectile with a high muzzle velocity, making it incredibly effective against enemy tanks and aircraft. This particular type of ammunition has been used in many different vehicles and weapons over the years, including those employed by Ukrainian forces today.

Another popular round developed by Germany after World War II was the 30 mm MK 108 autocannon round. This ammunition was explicitly designed for a range of aerial combat uses and was known for its heavy firepower capability and rapid-fire capabilities due to its lightweight construction. In addition, this type of round was considered fairly accurate and was capable of penetrating armor plates up to 20mm thick at short ranges. These rounds are still used on several types of defense systems worldwide, including those used by Ukraine’s armed forces today.