The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, detailed this Wednesday what the first shipment of weapons that Spain will send this Friday to Poland, to a point very close to the Ukrainian border, will consist of in two Army planes. The delivery will take place after the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced in Congress that the country would help Ukraine militarily after the Russian invasion that it has been suffering for more than a week.
The shipment of offensive military material includes 1,370 anti-tank grenade launchers, 700,000 cartridges for rifles and machine guns, as well as light machine guns.
Among this weaponry stands out the C90-CR-RB anti-tank grenade launcher, manufactured by the Zaragoza company Instalaza SA. As can be read on its website, it is a 90-millimeter caliber system, weighing 5.3 kilos (lighter than its competitors), with the possibility of remote firing, without recoil, equipped with a 2x folding optical sight, high precision (up to 350 meters against a point target and 700 meters for an area) and with a penetration capacity of 500 millimeters on armor steel and one thousand millimeters on concrete. It includes an innovative folding 2x optical sight and trigger mechanism, both disposable and integrated into the launcher tube.
Both the Navy and the Army bought units last year of this type of grenade launcher, which also has smoke (C90-CR-FIM) and anti-bunker (C90-CR-BK) versions.
Every day, two A400M aircraft from the 31st Wing of the Air Force will depart from the Los Llanos air base in Albacete with this offensive material, Defense sources have reported this Thursday. It is a material that allows individual defense, even for people who do not have training with weapons, Robles pointed out.
The planes will fly to Ukraine while the Council of Ministers meets for the first time after the announcement by the Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, of sending weapons to Ukraine outside the EU umbrella, a decision criticized by United Podemos ministers such as Ione Belarra and Irene Montero and defended by the second vice president, Yolanda Díaz.