German government approved the transfer of 178 Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine

The Ministry of Defense of Germany noted on February 7, 2023, that it issued licenses to the country’s defense companies to export up to 178 Leopard 1A5 tanks to Ukraine.

Source: The Ministry of Defense of Germany

“The Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK), as the formally responsible licensing authority, has issued export licenses to German armaments companies for up to 178 Leopard 1 A5 main battle tanks for Ukraine. How many Leopard 1 A5 main battle tanks will actually be delivered to Ukraine depends on the necessary repair work,” noted the Ministry of Defense of Germany.

It was stated that the financing of these supplies and the repair of tanks, as well as the training of Ukrainian soldiers, “is carried out in close coordination with the European partner countries of the Federal Republic of Germany.”

In addition, the German Defense Minister Boris Pistorius also promised during his visit to Kyiv on February 7, 2023, that Ukraine would receive more than 100 battle tanks of the Leopard 1A5 version from a group of European countries. According to him, at least three battalions should be equipped with Leopard 1A5 tanks by the first or second quarter of 2024.

The German Defense Minister also stated that the previously promised Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks will be delivered to Ukraine at the end of March 2023.

See also: German government agreed to transfer Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine

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