Spain to deliver new air defense and CERVUS anti-drone systems to Ukraine

Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez attend a meeting, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Kyiv, Ukraine July 1, 2023. Ukrainian Presidential Press Service/Handout via REUTERS

Spain has offered Ukraine new air defense and anti-drone systems to protect its energy and port infrastructures, according to a Spanish government source.

The Spanish army is also expected to train Ukrainian soldiers to use the new systems and provide demining equipment.

The Cervus system is equipped with hard-skill capabilities to neutralize unwanted drones. It features the Guardian 2.0 remote station, whose effectiveness was recently demonstrated in tests involving programmable 40mm ammunition firing in Médano del Loro, Huelva province.

In collaboration with Escribano and REW 31, TRC successfully developed this new version of the Cervus platform, enabling automatic detection and identification of potential threats without requiring operators to possess extensive radiofrequency knowledge. This advancement simplifies system usage and facilitates its widespread deployment to address current air security needs.

Volodymyr Omelyan, Ukrainian air defense captain, thanked the US for sending seized Iranian ammunition to Kyiv but said more is needed to change the situation on the battlefield.

“It [Iranian ammunition] will definitely not improve the battle situation, we are still desperately waiting for F16s, ATACMS, and other mid-range and long-range missiles coming from Germany. This can change the scope of the battle, but in the case of 7.62 [mm rounds], it’s definitely one of the most needed on the battlefield for our infantry, and it will help a lot,” Omelyan said.

On the issue of rocket launchers, Omelyan said that while they hope they receive the Iranian weapons, the conflict has created a new type of 21st-century war that requires high-tech innovations to win.

He added that he “hopes” weapons production in allied countries will be doubled amid reports of dwindling Western stocks.

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