In accordance with Spiegel, after a number of months of debate, Scholz has already determined to ship Leopard 2 tanks. At the second, we’re speaking about at the very least one firm.
It ought to be famous that based on NATO requirements, a tank firm is three platoons of 4 tanks every and a command and management unit of 2 extra tanks. Thus, Germany can transfer a minimal 14 models.
In accordance with Spiegel, tanks can be delivered in the most trendy modification of the Leopard 2A6 from the shares of the Bundeswehr. However in the medium and long run, fight automobiles from industrial warehouses can be ready for transfer.
The upgraded A6 mannequin, in comparison with its predecessor, obtained enhanced turret armor and further mine safety.
However the fundamental distinction is the Rhl 120/L55 gun with an elevated barrel size. Because of this, muzzle vitality, muzzle velocity, in addition to armor penetration and vary elevated.
The Bundeswehr is armed with greater than 300 tanks in varied modifications.
Immediately, Polish Protection Minister Mariusz Blaszczak despatched Germany an official request for the re-export of Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. In accordance with the guidelines, the producing nation should approve the supply to a 3rd get together.
“The Germans have already obtained our request for consent to the transfer of Leopard 2 tanks. I additionally name on the German facet to hitch the coalition of countries supporting Ukraine with Leopard 2 tanks. That is our widespread trigger, as a result of we’re speaking about the safety of all of Europe,” he wrote on Twitter.
Poland has been certainly one of the most lively lobbyists on this subject in latest days. And spoke of the readiness to convey 14 Leopard 2 models even with out the permission of Germany.
In complete, the Polish military in the present day has nearly 250 of those tanks.
Finnish President Sauli Niiniste, throughout his go to to Kyiv, confirmed his readiness to think about the risk of transferring Leopards. He additionally famous that his nation may assist prepare Ukrainian tankers.
As for the amount, it’s nonetheless unknown. In accordance with the president, Finland is able to contribute to the formation of a separate tank unit by the forces of the allied coalition.
The Finnish military has about 200 Leopard 2s in fight readiness and in warehouses.
The Norwegian authorities is now contemplating the risk of transferring to the Ukrainian facet as much as 8 Leopard 2 tanks. The knowledge has not but been confirmed, however based on Dagens Naeringsliv, the choice could also be authorised in reference to plans to buy new tanks.
Word that the Norwegian military is armed with 36 models of Leopard 2.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has introduced that he’s contemplating shopping for out Leopard 2 tanks leased from Germany to transfer them to Ukraine.
“We rented them (Leopard 2 tanks), which means we can purchase them. So we can donate them,” he confused.
At the similar time, he clarified that the choice has not but been made. Nevertheless it can be about 18 models.
In accordance with El Mundo, the Spanish facet is contemplating the risk of transferring Leopard 2 tanks, however it could take a couple of month to restore and put together them.
The day earlier than, Spanish Overseas Minister Jose Manuel Albarez refused to make clear how a lot Ukraine may depend on. About 240 models are in service with this nation.
How many Leopards does Ukraine need?
In accordance with Overseas Minister Dmitry Kuleba, to begin with, Ukraine desires to type a tank brigade from Leopard 2. In accordance with the state, the tank brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine ought to have three battalions, every of which has a tank. Due to this fact, a minimal of 93 models is required.
“Our objective is to assemble a tank brigade from the Leopards. That is for starters. Why the Leopard? As a result of this can be a tank that has been made in Europe for a long time and is in many European armies. So that you can take slightly there, take slightly right here, there are totally different modifications, however we set ourselves bold duties, and our bold process is to assemble a brigade inside the framework of a tank coalition,” he stated.
The minister additionally confused that as of the starting of January, there have been 5 countries that have been able to transfer tanks to Ukraine. It follows from the above that Germany, Poland, Norway and the Netherlands can provide 54 tanks. Finland and Spain are nonetheless in query.
Examine the traits of Leopard 2 in a separate article by RBC-Ukraine.
It ought to be famous that in December, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valery Zaluzhny stated that he wanted at the very least 300 tanks in complete for counter-offensive operations.