Greece Signs Contracts for 183 Leopard 2s, 150 Leopard 1s

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Greek Leopard 1A5(click to view full) EDefense Online reports that Greek government representatives in Berlin signed a contract for the purchase of 333 used tanks: 183 Leopard 2A4s and 150 Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks from Bundeswehr reserves. As DID noted on July 20, the overall value of this transaction was estimated at EUR 270 million (USD $324 Million), but no final figures were given in the Krauss-Maffei Wegman (KMW) release. This will raise the number of Leopard 1 tanks in Greek service to almost 350, and add the modern Leopard 2A4 tank to Greece’s inventory. Greece’s rival Turkey, in contrast, has about 330 Leopard 1 tanks of its own in service… Turkish M-60 Sabra(click to view full) Turkey’s main armored force consists of about 950 older M-60 tanks, 170 of which are being modernized and upgraded to M-60 Sabra status under a $670 million 2002 contract with TAAS-Israel Industries. Both Greece and Turkey also have large numbers of 1950s era M-48 tanks, with Turkey holding significant numerical superiority. Leopard 2(click to view full) The deal between the German and Greek governments involves a substantial work package for KMW in Munich, Germany. The Leopard tanks’ original manufacturer will have a […]

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