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Half of German Leopard Tanks Are Out of Operation

Half of German Leopard Tanks Are Out of Operation November 17, 2017

It was claimed that only 95 of the 244 Leopard-2 Main Battle Tanks on the German Land Forces (Heer) inventory were suitable for operations.

According to the Funke Media Group's report based on a report written by the German Federal Ministry of Defence, more than half of the 244 powerful Leopard-2 type tanks are not suitable for operations. The report emphasized that 53 of the tanks were under maintenance, seven were under investigation, 89 could only perform specific tasks under certain conditions due to lack of critical spare parts. In the Ministry of Defence report, many examples have been given pointing out why the lack of critical parts is damaging.

The Leopard 2 tanks were produced by German firm Krauss-Maffei. The tank was put into service in 1979 replacing the Leopard 1 tanks. The company today is named Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). Rheinmetall company produces 120 mm smoothbore gun, fire control technology and C4I systems of the tank. Rheinmetall Company has partnered with BMC company in Turkey for serial production of Altay Main Battle Tank.

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