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Portugal to Strengthen Ukraine With the Leopard 2 Tanks In the Short Term: the Number Is Not Named, But It Can Be Assessed

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The Leopard 2A6 of the Portuguese Armed Forces / All photos: Exército Português
The Leopard 2A6 of the Portuguese Armed Forces / All photos: Exército Português

It is also important that we are talking about a rather powerful version of the Leopard 2, which is in service with the Portuguese Armed Forces

The "Tank Coalition" of NATO member countries that supply Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine has officially expanded to include Portugal.

The Prime Minister of the country, António Costa, announced that negotiations with Germany are underway regarding the supply of parts that should be installed on the Portuguese Leopard 2 to restore their full combat capability, Diário de Notícias reports. He also named the deadline regarding the transfer: late March, which is generally the same as the deadline for the transfer of other Leopard 2s.

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Leopard 2A6 was purchased by Portugal in 2007 / Illustrative photo from open sources

At the same time, the number of vehicles was not named, as was the specific version of them. Although it is quite possible to determine the latter due to the fact that the only version in service in Portugal is the Leopard 2A6.

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The Leopard 2A6 is armed with a new 120-mm gun / Illustrative photo from open sources

In total, as of 2021, according to Military Balance, Portugal has 37 Leopard 2A6s. Also, the country does not have tanks of this type on storage, that is, the transfer of even four units will amount to more than 10% of the total resource for Lisbon. At the same time, such a transfer means replenishment of the general basket of Leopard 2, of which Ukraine's allies plan to collect about 100 units.

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