According to the representatives of the German government, the goal is to quickly establish two battalions with Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine, The Guardian reports.
Steffen Hebestreit added that Germany would in a first step provide 14 Leopard 2 tanks from military stocks. Training of Ukrainian troops in Germany will begin soon, and Germany will also provide logistics and ammunition.
Read more: russia’s Troops Are Reluctant to Get Notorious T-14 Armata Tanks Becose of Their Poor Condition
Chancellor Olaf Scholz has just addressed the German parliament on the issue too.
In his statement Olaf Scholz said that the decision to supply Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine “follows our well-known line of supporting Ukraine to the best of our ability”.
Berlin is “acting in a closely coordinated manner internationally”, the statement said.
Olaf Scholz repited that the goal was to quickly establish two battalions with Leopard 2 tanks for Ukraine, adding Germany would in a first step provide 14 Leopard 2 tanks from military stocks.
Germany will issue the appropriate transfer permits to partner countries that want to quickly deliver Leopard 2 tanks from their stocks to Ukraine, the statment said.
As the Guardian reports, the Leopard 2 is a German-manufactured main battle tank with a range of about 500km (311 miles). It first came into service in 1979 and has a top speed of 68km/h (42mph). Equipped with a 120mm smooth bore gun as its main armament, it is also armed with two coaxial light machine guns.
As well as being used by the German military, Leopard 2 has been in wide service in Europe, with more than a dozen countries using the tank, as well as a number of other countries including Canada. The tanks have been deployed in Kosovo, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Syria (by Turkey) where several were lost to anti-tank missiles.
Find more details on the issue here.
Defense Express reported earlier How Long Will it Take to Train Ukrainian Tankers to Use German Leopard 2 Tanks.
Read more: The German Media Published Secret Data On the Number And Types of Tanks In the Bundeswehr