Chile Has Leopard 2 Tanks And Hundreds of M113 APC’s And Marder IFV’s, But They Won’t Be Used As Military Aid For Ukraine

Credits: Ministerio de Defensa de Chile
Credits: Ministerio de Defensa de Chile

The transfer of weapons from Chile would really look like a fantastic step, but what armored vehicles fleet this country has in service

Last year, the President of Chile, Gabriel Boric, strongly condemned russia’s full-scale invasion in Ukraine and noted that Chile's "modest efforts" will be directed "to support peace". In a conversation with the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy in July 2022, the issue of humanitarian aid was discussed, as well as the participation of Chilean specialists in demining the territory of Ukraine.

On March 21, Mr. Zelenskyy had another conversation with his colleague, and in this aspect the article by Interferencia is interesting, which says the following: as reported by the country's Ministry of Internal Affairs, Chile is expected to "not provide or donate weapons or ammunition to any of the parties in this conflict" and the country's position is to "facilitate a peaceful settlement".

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The Military Balance guide as of 2022 says that Chile actually has a number of interesting types of armored vehicles, some of which Ukraine’s military are already familiar with and actively use or soon use on the battlefield.

The country's tank fleet is represented by 170 vehicles, of them 30 units of the Leopard 1V tanks and 140 Leopard 2A4 tanks, or the modernized Chilean version Leopard 2A4CHL, which received new electronics, sighting devices, as well as the Rhl 120/L55 gun, like the Leopard 2A6.

As for other armored vehicles, Chile has a good fleet of 173 Marder IFVs, as well 306 M113A1/A2APC’s. The country also has 18 M113-based YPR-765 PRI armored personnel carriers and 139 Piranha armored personnel carriers, of which 121 are in the 6×6 version, and another 18 are in the 8×8 version.

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