Rheinmetall might deliver 50 ‘stored’ Leopard-1A5 tanks to Ukraine
BERLIN, ($1=0.92 Euros) — Ukraine may receive dozens of tanks from the German concern Rheinmetall in the coming weeks, learned BulgarianMilitary.com, citing a statement by Rheinmetall CEO Armin Paperger.
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In an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt, Paperger said the company is ready to send Leopard-1A5 tanks to Ukraine, which it keeps in stock if approved by the German government.
According to Armin Paperger, the first Leopard-1A5 can be delivered within six weeks of approval by the German government. Armin Paperger said Rheinmetall had stored 50 Leopard-1A5s it had acquired from countries that had withdrawn them. He added that the training of Ukrainian soldiers will last only a few days.
Leopard-1 was put into service in 1965, and many armies continue to use it, including the Greek. The last Leopard-1A5 was withdrawn from the German army in 2003.
Earlier today we reported that Rheinmetall offers Ukraine to buy Marder infantry fighting vehicles. According to several German journalists, the concern plans to build 35 units for the needs of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by the end of 2022.
Rheinmetall proposed to the German government a scheme under which the Marder infantry fighting vehicle would immediately leave for Ukraine, with quantities to be taken from the German armed forces inventory. Instead, the Bundeswehr will compensate for the lost amount with new samples. The German Ministry of Defense opposed this.
Rheinmetall even wanted to buy 4 million machine guns from the German Ministry of Defense. The appeal was in late March, but the company has not yet received a response.
Accourding Welt Am Sontag newspaper an another German arms manufacturer, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, offers Ukraine an agreement to supply 100 155-mm PzH 2000 self-propelled artillery units. The offer was submitted to the German government for approval. The first new ACS can be delivered no earlier than 30 months. That is, the first deliveries should be expected in the second half of 2024. And the whole contract will be fulfilled in 2027.
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