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September 20, 2022

Slovenia to arm Ukrainian forces with 28 M-55S tanks

The move is part of a ring exchange agreement between Slovenia and Germany.

Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz have agreed on a ring exchange to equip Ukrainian troops.

As part of their extended bilateral dialogue, the two leaders discussed the ongoing war in Ukraine and highlighted the need for solidarity to help the nation against Russian aggression. 

As part of the joint action, Slovenia will ship as many as 28 M-55S tanks to Ukraine.

In return, Germany will transfer 40 military transport vehicles, including 35 heavy 8×8 hook loaders and five heavy 8×8 water tankers, to Slovenia.

Through the exchange agreement, Slovenia also seeks to enhance its defence cooperation with Germany.

Slovenia has 30 modernised M-55S tanks, a revamped version of the 1950s Soviet-era Т-55 tanks.  

The project to modernise the tanks was taken up jointly by Slovenian STO RAVNE and Israel-based Elbit in the late 1990s.

The unified German armed forces, the Bundeswehr, agreed to provide another four Panzerhaubitze 2000 artillery pieces to Ukraine.

It will also include an additional ammunition package.

German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said: “In order to further support Ukraine in its courageous fight against the brutal Russian attack, Germany will comply with this request and is now providing four more of these self-propelled howitzers.

“They come straight from the maintenance department, which has been significantly accelerated in cooperation with the industry. This increases the number of these high-performance guns supplied by Germany to 14.”

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