| 7 December 2023, Thursday |

Germany to buy Leopard tanks, howitzers to make up for Ukraine supplies

In order to restore inventories depleted by exports to Ukraine, Germany will purchase 18 Leopard 2 tanks and 12 self-propelled howitzers, a member of the parliamentary budget committee who approved the purchase on Wednesday told Reuters.

According to documents from the finance ministry intended for the parliament, the purchase for tanks will cost 525.6 million euros ($578.58 million), while the order for howitzers will cost 190.7 million euros. Both orders are expected to be delivered by the end of 2026.

The purchase includes an option for another 105 tanks for about 2.9 billion euros.

Germany has supplied 18 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine since the Russian invasion last year and has said it intends to plug the gap with new tanks as soon as possible.

The 12 howitzers are part of defence ministry plans signed off by the German parliament in March to buy up to 28 howitzers as replacements.

Both the Leopard and the howitzers are jointly manufactured by KMW and Rheinmetall.

  • Reuters