Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands announced on Tuesday (Feb. 7) that they plan to send at least 100 older, refurbished Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine to bolster the Ukrainian army’s resilience to Russian forces. The Russian invasion has been going on for almost a year.
The Leopard 1 tank was built between the mid-1960s and mid-1980s and will be delivered to the Ukrainian army as soon as it is operational, but it won’t arrive until the summer.
However, the defense ministers of Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands said in a statement that the additional weapons would “significantly strengthen Ukraine’s military potential to restore the integrity of its injured territories.” Up to 178 Leopard 1 tanks, but the actual number delivered depends on renovation requirements. Germany has not used the tank since 2003.
Germany recently announced that it will send 14 newer Leopard 2 tanks to the Ukrainian army, and the newly announced batch of Leopard 1 tanks is an additional addition. The U.S. said it would provide active-duty grade Abrams tanks.