Spanish grenade launchers sent to Ukraine

Spain has delivered its first direct shipment of grenade launchers to the Ukraine after they were sent to the Polish border on Friday March 4. The announcement was made Margarita Robles, the Minister of Defence, who said that two Spanish aircraft delivered the weapons to a place where the Ukrainians could pick them up.

The direct shipment was first announced by the minister on Wednesday March, 2nd who said that weapons produced in Zaragoza by Instalaza would be sent to help the country defend itself. Included in the arms shipment were likely to be 700,000 rifle cartridges, machine guns and 1,370 anti-tank grenade launchers.

The minister has declined to offer too many details as the country coordinates its support with the EU.

If the anti-tank grenade launchers have indeed been sent they will provide the Ukrainians with the ability to destroy or damage armoured military vehicles from up to 750 metres away.

According to the Spanish Defence Industry catalogue the rocket launches come with optical viewfinders, night vision and a variety of ammunition including anti-tank, anti-bunker, dual purpose, smoke-incendiary, etc.

Importantly the Spanish made grenade launchers can penetrate up to half a metre of steel armour, which will help Ukraine to fend off tank and other armoured vehicle attacks.

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