Qatar interested to buy 200 German Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks 0208121

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Defense News - Qatar

 
 
Thursday, August 2, 2012, 09:02 AM
 
Qatar interested to buy 200 German Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks.
Qatar wants to buy up to 200 Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks from Germany, with a potential value of up to 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion), German magazine Spiegel reported on Sunday, July 29, 2012, without citing sources.
     
Qatar wants to buy up to 200 Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks from Germany, with a potential value of up to 2 billion euros ($2.5 billion), German magazine Spiegel reported on Sunday, July 29, 2012, without citing sources.
German Leopard 2A6 main battle tank
     

The German security council, comprised of the Chancellor and key ministers, which decides whether to allow such trades, has not yet discussed Qatar's request, Spiegel said, adding the economy ministry and the Chancellery would give their support.

A spokeswoman for the economy ministry declined to comment.

Currently the Qatari military has 30 French-made AMX-30 main battle tanks developed and delivered to the customer in the late 1980s. The AMX-30 is a main battle tank designed by GIAT, first delivered to the French Army in 1966.

The Leopard 2 is a main battle tank developed by Krauss-Maffei in the early 1970s for the West German Army. The tank first entered service in 1979 and succeeded the earlier Leopard 1 as the main battle tank of the German Army. The Leopard 2A6 includes a new longer L55 gun, an auxiliary engine, improved mine protection and an air-conditioning system.

     
Currently the Qatari military has 30 French-made AMX-30B2 main battle tanks developed and delivered to the customer in the late 1980s. The AMX-30 is a main battle tank designed by GIAT, first delivered to the French Army in 1966.
French-made AMX-30 main battle tank of Qatar
 

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