“The federal government has issued an export license for Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine,” Stephen Hempstreit said, noting that the tanks will come from the defense industry.
The German government is now allowing the export of Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine, the government spokesman announced a while ago, confirming today’s Süddeutsche Zeitung report.
“The federal government has issued an export license for Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine,” Stephen Hempstreit said, noting that the tanks will come from the defense industry. Details on the number of tanks and the timing of their delivery to the Ukrainian armed forces will be given “in the coming days and weeks,” he said.
According to the publication of SZ, the companies Rheinmetall and Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) intend to repair dozens of Leopard 1 tanks, in order to deliver them to Ukraine. The former announced that it could deliver a total of 139 Leopard 1 and 2 tanks, including 22 Leopard 2 within the year, from its own stockpile. However, problems are identified in securing the required 105 mm ammunition. The Brazilian government, which has procured 250 Leopards from Germany, has so far refused to hand over the corresponding ammunition, as in the case of the Gepard tanks.
Last week the German government announced the shipment of 14 Leopard 2 main battle tanks.
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