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Germany's donated Leopard 2A6 tanks empower Ukraine's 1st Tank Brigade against Russian Forces

According to a video published on the "" Twitter account on May 3, 2023, the Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) donated by Germany to the Ukrainian armed forces are now fully operational and ready to fight Russian troops with the tank crew of the Ukrainian 1st Tank Brigade.
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The Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tanks MBTs donated by Germany, are now in service with the Ukrainian 1st Tank Brigade. (Picture source Video footage Twitter

On January 25, 2023, the Army Recognition editorial team reported that Germany agreed to the delivery of 14 Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tanks (MBTs). With the delivery of Leopard 2A6 MBTs, Germany enhances its support for Ukraine by supplying Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks, contributing to the nation's offensive combat capabilities. Alongside the delivery of these advanced vehicles, Germany also offered comprehensive assistance in the form of training, maintenance, spare parts, and ammunition provision. Several other European nations have similarly committed to providing Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine in a show of solidarity.

The Ukrainian 1st Tank Brigade is a vital component of Ukraine's ground forces. It is based in the city of Honcharivske, Chernihiv Oblast. The brigade is part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and is under the jurisdiction of the Operational Command North.

The 1st Tank Brigade traces its history back to the Soviet era, and it has undergone several reorganizations and name changes throughout its existence. The brigade has played a crucial role in Ukraine's defense and has participated in various military exercises and operations.

The brigade is equipped with a range of armored vehicles and tanks, including the T-64 and T-72 series. However, as part of ongoing efforts to modernize and bolster Ukraine's military capabilities, the 1st Tank Brigade is now equipped with Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tanks from Germany.

As of 2023, the structure of the 1st Tank Brigade, based in Severia, Honcharivske, Chernihiv Oblast, consists of the following units: the Headquarters & Headquarters Company, four Tank Battalions (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th), 1st Mechanized Battalion, an Artillery Group, an Anti-Aircraft Defense Battalion, a Reconnaissance Company, an Engineer Battalion, a Logistic Battalion, a Maintenance Battalion, a Signal Company, a Radar Company, a Medical Company, and a CBRN (Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear) Protection Company.

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The Leopard 2A6 is considered as one of the most modern main battle tanks in the world. (Picture source Video footage Twitter

The Leopard 2A6 tanks will offer the Ukrainian military several advantages when facing modern Russian Main Battle Tanks (MBTs) such as the T-90, T-80, and T-72 tanks. One of the most significant advantages is its advanced firepower. The Leopard 2A6 is equipped with a powerful 120mm L/55 smoothbore gun, which can fire a variety of ammunition types. This allows for greater accuracy and penetration power against enemy armor.

Additionally, the Leopard 2A6 has enhanced armor protection, which includes composite armor and modular armor packages. This increases survivability against various threats, including advanced anti-tank weapons and modern MBTs.

Furthermore, the Leopard 2A6 boasts advanced optics and fire control systems. These systems provide improved target acquisition, identification, and engagement capabilities, even in difficult weather or environmental conditions. The tank's superior accuracy and range can give Ukrainian forces a notable advantage during combat.

Lastly, the Leopard 2A6 has a proven track record of reliability and maintainability. This means that Ukrainian forces will be able to keep these tanks operational with less downtime, ensuring a higher level of combat readiness.

Overall, the addition of Leopard 2A6 tanks to Ukraine's arsenal will significantly improve their capabilities when facing modern Russian MBTs, bolstering their defense capabilities and overall combat effectiveness.

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