The German authorities have issued a permit for the export of Leopard 1 A5 battle tanks for the needs of the Ukrainian army. This was reported on the website of the federal government on Tuesday, February 7.
“The government supports Ukraine within the framework of the European alliance and in close coordination with international partners, supplying Leopard 1 A5 main battle tanks for legitimate self-defense against the aggressive war of the Russian Federation, which is contrary to international law,” the message says.
It is indicated that the Ministry of Economy and Climate Protection (BMWK), as the formally responsible licensing authority, issued licenses to German defense companies to export up to 178 tanks. But how many Leopard 1 A5 main battle tanks will actually be delivered to Ukraine depends on the necessary repairs.
“Funding and repair of tanks, as well as training of the Ukrainian armed forces is carried out in close coordination with Germany’s European partner countries,” the government added.