The Harman concern Rheinmetall will supply Ukraine with 25 Leopard 1A5 tanks, five armored repair and recovery vehicles and two training tanks. This was reported on Tuesday by Der Spiegel.
The total order amount is several tens of millions of euros. This includes not only the supply package, but also the cost of training, logistics, spare parts, on-site commissioning and repairs. The supply package is financed from the budget by order of the German government.
The Leopard 1A5 tanks were withdrawn from use by the Bundeswehr ten years ago. However, they were in warehouses. After the start of a full-scale war in Ukraine, a decision was made to put them into operation.
The publication reports that in September Kyiv refused to accept ten old tanks of this model due to problems that had arisen. The tanks required additional repairs. Since Ukraine did not have trained technical personnel and spare parts, Kyiv did not see the point in supplying them.
Rheinmetall also plans to supply 14 Leopard tanks of the newer 2A4 model to Ukraine next year.