Rheinmetall sending more Leopard tanks to Ukraine

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A Leopard 2 tank for illustration

German arms manufacturer, Rheinmetall is preparing another export of Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine, according to a report by business daily Handelsblatt, citing industry sources on Wednesday.

The source said that for this purpose, the company had acquired 50 tanks of the older type Leopard 1 from the Belgian company OIP Land Systems.

The chief executive of OIP Land Systems, Freddy Versluys, told a British newspaper, The Guardian that he had sold nearly 50 tanks to another European government, which he could not name because of a confidentiality clause.

He also said he could not disclose the price.

Versluys added that it could take up to six months for them to be on the battlefield in Ukraine.

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Handelsblatt reported that the tanks were now to be re-equipped for the war effort in Ukraine at the German sites of the Düsseldorf-based Rheinmetall Group.

It said that about 30 of the 50 vehicles would be delivered.

The Leopard 1 is the predecessor of the Leopard 2 currently used by the Bundeswehr, Germany’s armed forces.


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