BERLIN ($1=0.95 Euros) — Most likely, Germany will send dozens of Leopard 1A5 tanks to help Ukraine’s armed forces waging war with Russia on its territory. The information was published on the online portal WSWS.ORG and says that 88 Leopard 1A5 tanks and 100 Marder IFVs will leave for the front in Ukraine.
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The tanks will be provided by the German company Rheinmetall. BulgarianMilitary.com was one of the first media in the world to write on April 11 that the German company Rheinmetall had informed the German government about its stocks of this armored combat vehicle and that it was willing to send it to help the Ukrainians.
Then Armin Paperger, Rheinmetall CEO, in an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt, said the company is ready to send Leopard-1A5 tanks to Ukraine, which it keeps in stock if approved by the German government. He also said that the first Leopard-1A5 can be delivered within six weeks of approval by the German government, and added that the training of Ukrainian soldiers will last only a few days.
WSW.ORG also writes that Berlin will provide Kyiv with 100 Marder IFV. Experts say that if the transfer of this military technique takes place, Germany will become the European country with the greatest contribution to Ukraine’s defense. BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that Ukraine accused Germany of not sending the desired equipment or of sending weapons it did not want.
About Leopard 1A5 tank
The Leopard tank is a German main battle tank designed in the early ’60s of last century and officially adopted in 1965. Little known fact, but Leopard tanks were designed by the renowned German car company Porsche.
Tanka has fought in three wars so far: the Bosnian War, the Kurdish-Turkish conflict, and War in Afghanistan. It weighs 42 tons and is 9.54 / 8.29 m long. The crew of the tank consists of four people. Its armor is steel: 10–70 mm RHAe. Its main armament is a 105 mm Royal Ordnance L7A3 L / 52 rifled gun and two 7.62 mm Machine Guns 3 or FN MAG [co-axial and commander’s hatch] [5500 rounds]. It is powered by a single MTU MB 838 CaM 500 engine, 10-cylinder, 37.4 liters, multi-fuel engine 830 PS [819 hp, 610 kW] at 2,200 RPM. The maximum speed is 65 km / h and can travel 600 km with one refueling.
Version 1A5 began its existence on the death board in the 1980s. The 1A5 allows the integration of a 120mm cannon, but Reinmetal says there is currently no 1A5 tank with such a cannon. The 1A5 has some improvements: the ammunition is now in the rear of the tank, the turret has 18 sights, and the ammunition [APFSDS – armor-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot] is radically different from the ones used before. This modification came into service in 1987 and it is important to know that it is the basis for all future upgrades and the current state of the latest version.
About Marder IFV
The Marder IFV is a german armored combat vehicle that is a major part of Germany’s mechanized infantry. It was designed in the late 1960s and almost immediately  entered service with the German army. It is still being produced. He has registered only one war: the war in Afghanistan.
Marder IFV can weigh a maximum of 37.4 tons depending on its armament and modification. Its armor is welded steel, with protection up to 20 mm APDS DM43 from 0 m and 25 mm APDS from 200 m [220 yds]. The main gun is a 20 mm Rheinmetall MK 20 Rh 202 automatic cannon [1,250 rounds] and also has an integrated MILAN ATGM launcher.
It is powered by a German MTU MB 833 Ea-500 diesel engine 441 kW [591 hp], the transmission is RENK HSWL 194 and the suspension is a torsion bar. The maximum speed that the vehicle can reach is 75 km / h, and with a tank full of fuel it can travel a distance of 520 km.
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