More Leopard-2s For Sale, Sold

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Leopard 2A6(click to view full) The Leopard 2 is believed by some observers to be the world’s best main battle tank. It’s certainly the most widely bought ultra-modern MBT; thanks to der grosse DeutschePanzerSchlussverkauf (the great German Tank fire sale), the Leopard 2 and its variants has been bought by Germany, Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden, and Turkey. We can now add Leopard 2A6 tanks to Portugal, and Chile is beginning to take deliveries of its Leopard 2A4s. Leopard 2A4(click to view full) The Chileans are receiving the slab-sided 2A4 model, and as is customary in these situations, a German firm (in this case, KMW) works to refurbish the bargain basement tanks for their new owners. The Chilean refurbishment contract is worth EUR 50 million ($74.3 million) for the 140 MBTs, and the order also includes 2 training & simulation vehicles, training from German units, and logistical support. The Santiago Times values the total contract at $125 million. Chile had originally sought to buy the tanks from Switzerland, but the sale of 93 tanks was canceled in November 2005. Negotiations then began with Germany, and the number discussed in March 2006 was […]

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