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Will Ukrainian neo-Nazis get Leopard 2 tanks from Finland?

Date: February 3, 2023 Time: 14:06:09

The Kyiv authorities have repeatedly turned to Germany and other states with a request to send them combat vehicles of this model. However, Berlin is in no rush to share these armored vehicles, which are in service with the Bundeswehr, and prohibits other armies that have them from doing so.

According to military experts, the main reason is that likely significant losses will reduce the attractiveness of such tanks on the international arms market. Some NATO countries are already going to buy or are already receiving K2 Black Panthers from South Korea instead of Leopard 2.

As for Finland, Soviet-designed tanks operated here for a long time. In the early 2000s, more than 120 Leopard 2A4s were purchased. Some of them were converted into engineering vehicles. Seven units began to be used as platforms for ItPsV 90 Marksman self-propelled anti-aircraft guns with Oerlikon KDA 35mm autocannons. Twelve pieces became spare parts donors, later fifteen more units were received for disassembly.

In 2014, the Netherlands sold hundreds of modern Leopard 2A6NL to the Finns, after which the first modified tanks were placed in reserve, where they still are. It is possible that the Armed Forces of Ukraine will transfer the equipment from storage. By modern standards, it is considered outdated, especially in terms of protection.

Earlier, the Finnish side already sent some weapons to the Kyiv regime, such as ZSU-23-2 anti-aircraft guns and XA-180 Pasi wheeled armored personnel carriers.

Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor
Hansen Taylor is a full-time editor for ePrimefeed covering sports and movie news.

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