Germany does not mention any actual security issues, but wants to safeguard against such “accidents” in the future. Therefore, it proposes sending its own anti-aircraft artillery system Mantis as a defensive measure against drones or other types of aircraft.
This initiative was revealed by Slovak Defense Minister Yaroslav Nagy during a joint press conference with the Head of the German Defense Ministry Christine Lambercht. No specific details of the supply deal were mentioned.
Christine Lambrecht directly stated that Germany would like to place such an air defense complex to protect the German repair center near the city of Michalovce in Slovakia, deployed in November 2022, where the equipment for the Armed Forces of Ukraine is being repaired.
The Mantis air defense complex is manufactured by Rheinmetall. It can destroy cruise missiles and drones at a distance of up to 3 km (1.9 miles).
The gun shoots AHEAD 35×228mm projectiles at a fire rate of up to 1000 rounds per minute and can provide a full 360-degree coverage. The system was first introduced in 2011.