Berlin will not allow the Allies to send Germany-made Tanks for Ukraine in face of current russian invasionor send its systems unless Washington sends its own United States of America-made Tanks, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
It is not possible to distinguish between direct exports (of German-made tanks) and exports increased by a third countries,” a senior German official He told the Wall Street Journal.
German-made leopard powerful battle Tank sought before Kyiv Pay forward against Moscow, can have a “significant” impact.
But the Ukrainian forces will need To be trained quickly up to use sometimes complicated equipmentwill also need to be preserved.
While the European allies sent to Ukraine hundreds of Modernization of Soviet tanks since the Russian invasion Kyiv had begged for more Western advanced weapons to enhance their fight against Moscow.
German-made Leopard 2 is seen as one of the best-performance models Worldwide and widely used throughout Europe, which means that spare parts and ammunition can be easily obtained.
Produced for the first time in In the late 1970s to replace the American M48 Patton and later the Leopard 1, the famous Leopard 2 for Its firepower, movement and powerful armor.
As the German daily newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said, the Leopard 2 “type of like Golf (Volkswagen) of The German Tank Industry: Comprehensive with world Recognition.”
about 3,500 of 60-ton battle tanks, developed It was produced by the German arms manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW).
They are armed with 120mm smoothbore gun, which can engage with enemy While on the move He can travel at speeds of up 70 kilometers (44 miles) per hour, with a range of 450 km.
Tanks provide ‘all round’ protection” for forces from threats such as anti-tank mines fire And explosive devices, according to the manufacturer.
They are equipped with technology that allows their crews of four to locate and target enemies The long-term range.
the last four models still produced in usefrom 2A4 to 2A7.
Hesitation to send heavy tanks to Ukraine began to lift this month, with Poland says it is ready to send Kyiv 14 Leopard 2 tanks as part of a international coalition. Finland said it did not oppose the shipments.
German media I mentioned that several countries are ready to join a international effort to transfer equipment to Ukraine.
According to experts, the best approach will be for All countries Willing to contribute to sending tanks 2A4.
“The same model very important for Training and Logistics” General Bruno Kasdorf A former said the German army inspector media group RND.
Not clear how Quickly they will arriveHowever.
German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall, which supplies the Leopard 2 cannon and electronics and has dozens of Older modelswarned that it would not be able to deliver its tanks to Ukraine until 2024 due to need to renew and repair it.
Administrators also Be warned that tanks once arriveUkrainian forces need To be trained quickly on how to use The equipment which is a lot more complex of Soviet-era tanks to which they are accustomed.
That will be the time also try to get up to speed on else new gear set to arrive in Ukraine, including the French AMX-10 RC pledges recently light Marder German infantry tank vehiclesand Bradley fights vehicles.
However, experts are convinced that cheetahs can make a difference.
if Kyiv receives about 100 of them, and effect It will be “significant”, according to the British think tank International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).
armed with Leopard 2, “The military can hack enemy and end for a long time of Trench warfare,” said Rheinmetall CEO Armin Babberger leading German tabloid newspaper Bild.
with tiger, soldiers Dozens can be submitted of kilometers at a time.