Leopard 2 of the Polish Army

It is also likely that the Bundeswehr will have to give up the Leopard 2 from its own inventory in order to ensure a profitable delivery to Ukraine.


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Berlin The German government is preparing to deliver Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Ukraine. Handelsblatt learned from well-informed circles that Germany was in a discussion about how Germany could participate in a planned alliance of European Leopard users.

The debate is sparked by Poland, Finland and Spain, who want to deliver the tank from their stocks to Kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has repeatedly requested battle tanks to be able to defend himself against the Russian offensive.

The Leopard 2 is considered the most powerful main battle tank in the world, to date more than 3,500 units have been manufactured. Although the system dates back to the 1970s, the vehicle has been technically upgraded over the years.

Leopard 2 main battle tank: Germany must approve every export

Ukraine’s armed forces will gain significant combat capability if their Western backers hand over the device. Germany plays the main role here, as the federal government has to approve every export.

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