Germany to build 105 Leopard 2 tanks for $3,2 billion

Germany is ready to order 18 Leopard 2 tanks to replace the combat vehicles transferred to Kyiv. In addition, Berlin will order another 105 of these tanks for a total cost of about 2,9 billion euros ($3,2 billion), Bloomberg reports, citing government sources.

According to the agency, the budget committee of the lower house of the Bundestag must approve an initial order for 18 tanks worth about 525 million euros at the end of May. The interlocutors of the agency called this order the last one in terms of the modernization of the German armed forces, which was changed after the start of Russia's special operation in Ukraine.

In addition to an annual defense budget of around 50 billion euros, Chancellor Olaf Scholz's ruling coalition has also set up a special fund worth 100 billion euros. With its help, the authorities will try to close the gap in providing the Bundeswehr with weapons, which has developed due to its many years of underfunding.

The German Ministry of Defense confirmed to the agency that the government was conducting preliminary negotiations on the purchase of 18 Leopard tanks, but did not disclose details, citing the fact that negotiations were still ongoing.

Earlier it was reported that at the end of April in the zone of the special military operation appeared a clear confirmation of the supply of German Leopard tanks to Ukraine. The video, which has been circulated on social media, shows a convoy of combat vehicles driven by members of the Ukrainian army.
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  1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
    Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 12 May 2023 16: 28
    HPP in action.
    123 tanks for 3,2 billion dollars, that's .... 26 million per tank.
    Perhaps Rheinmetal will become generous later even on a golden statue ....
    1. hellman anton Online hellman anton
      hellman anton (hellman anton) 12 May 2023 17: 58
      Ingeniously, you calculated the cost of the tank, given that such contracts also include the cost of creating infrastructure and other things for servicing these tanks. A lot of things are included, not just a naked tank
      1. Sergey Latyshev Offline Sergey Latyshev
        Sergey Latyshev (Serge) 12 May 2023 18: 28
        So, when the media write about the sale of tanks to India or Algeria, they also do not describe the cost of spare clamps for electrical wiring ....
      2. andrey682006 Offline andrey682006
        andrey682006 (Andrei) 26 May 2023 14: 27
        Are you saying that there is no infrastructure for operating tanks in Germany yet?
        Or will "finishing with a file" from the gloomy Teutonic genius of this very infrastructure cost $20 per tank?

        I would still understand if the article wrote about the creation from scratch, which has no analogues with all the design and engineering, technological and test work. Experience series and all that.

        They also write about Leo-2, probably in modification. Those. there, the transmission and engine will be standard, sights, thermal imagers and communications will most likely be taken ready-made (for a series of 123 tanks!)
        There, the cannon with the turret will most likely be ordinary. Well, they will play with the reservation. But not 20 million?