(MENAFN) The shipment of up to 187 Leopard I tanks to Ukraine was authorized by Germany, according to a Tuesday announcement from the military and economy ministries in Berlin. Delivery of the older panzers are going to take some time since two manufacturing facilities need to be renovated, unlike the 14 Leopard 2 vehicles seized from the Bundeswehr, which are scheduled to arrive in March.
On January 25, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz bowed in to Kiev's demands and pledged to supply both versions as quickly as possible. According to Der Spiegel and the German version of Business Insider, the Federal Security Council officially authorized the export authorization for the panzers on February 3, but did not release the figures until Tuesday (BI).
About two tank battalions, or 61 tanks, is going to be assembled for the Leopard 2s from the German military as well as other European Union and NATO nations. “At the end of March”, the first 14 panzers are planned to enter Ukraine.
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