A400M took off from Spain with artillery projectiles for Ukraine
MADRID ($1=1.00 Euro) — Spain sent artillery ammunition [projectiles] and medical equipment to Ukraine. Early this morning, September 6th, an A400M military transport aircraft took off from Torrejón de Ardoz Air Force Base [Madrid]. Spain’s Defense Minister Margarita Robles was at the base overseeing the loading of ammunition and medical equipment. The minister briefed the plane’s crew about the conditions at the airport where they would have to land. The airport where the plane will land is kept secret.
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This is not the first shipment from Spain. Within 15 days, Spain sent a fifth cargo plane in a row. A total of 75 pallets were delivered to Ukraine from Spain with artillery field ammunition. However, this shipment is the first to leave Madrid. Most of them took off from Rota base [Cadiz] with all kinds of materials.
What did Spain send?
Minister Robles announced that she was sending what was requested by her Ukrainian counterpart. At their last meeting in Prague, Ukraine requested that, in addition to ammunition, medical materials be delivered. Robles stressed that in recent weeks Spain has sent 20 truckloads of trailers with material and uniforms for winter conditions. Half of them are already on the Ukrainian-Polish border, but still in Polish territory.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that just a few days ago, two military transport planes took off from the base in Rota, Cadiz. They were also loaded with artillery ammunition. At that time, however, the country supplying the ammunition was not mentioned, but only “a country friendly to Ukraine”.
The supply center
Spain is proud of its Army Materiel Supply Center (Pcami). InfoDefensa writes that the center got involved in the distribution of shipments to Ukraine in record time. The center is located in the San Cristóbal Barracks, south of Madrid. It was built to serve military transport shipments, including to Ukraine.
From this center, 5,000 combat helmets were sent to Ukraine. The center is a technological logistics hub. Thanks to the organization in the center, the last plane to Ukraine was loaded in 48 hours. Meanwhile, at the start of the Russian invasion, on February 28, the Spanish used the center to send protective equipment and medical supplies. This is the first prepared shipment to Ukraine from the center, but the plane did not take off from Pcami airport then, but from Torrejon Air Base. Tazibaza is also located on the outskirts of Madrid.
Made 130 years ago
Pcami is 130 years old. The main purpose of this center is the experimentation and research, supply, maintenance, and quality assurance of those resources for which it is the technical director, such as estimated rations, clothing and equipment of soldiers, and individual and collective NBC materials. The center is adapted to receive and send nuclear, biological, and chemical materials. This center was key in sending and receiving shipments related to the fight against the coronavirus. It continues to do the same to this day.
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