Greece may transfer a hundred Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine: how it will happen

Greece may transfer its Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine

Germany has approached Greece with a proposal to transfer 100 Greek Leopard 1A5 tanks, which are currently in service, to Ukraine. The transfer of tanks can take place under a trilateral agreement, according to which Greece will receive upgraded armoured vehicles.

This was reported by the Greek publication Flight. According to the publication, in exchange for outdated Leopard 1A5s, Greece can receive upgraded tanks from Italian stocks on a one-for-one basis.

Germany will bear the cost of a complete overhaul of these Leopards. The Greek government will decide whether the repair will take place at Greek enterprises or elsewhere.

In addition, these Leopard 1A5s will be fitted with modern thermal imagers, which are also used on Leopard 2. The tanks will also receive additional armour.

The only requirement from Germany is the transfer of serviceable tanks, as the Greek Leopard 1A5s have not been upgraded in more than three decades.

The exchange of tanks can take place on the basis of a trilateral agreement, thanks to which Ukraine received Greek IFV-1s and Greece received German Marder 1s.

Greece may transfer a hundred Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine: how it will happen

The Leopard 1A5 is the youngest modification of the Leopard 1. This tank was delivered to the German army in 1987, which means that the T-64BV is three years older than it. A total of 1,300 units of these tanks were in service with the Bundeswehr until 1992, while the Leopard 1A5 is still in use by the armies of Greece, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador and Turkey.

Throughout its service life, the tank has taken part in a number of peacekeeping missions and military operations around the world, such as in Iraq, Bosnia and Kosovo.

However, the fifth modification of the Leopard 1 has already distanced it quite a bit from the first version, in which the armour was the weakest point. The Leopard 1A5 was reinforced with a set of measures, as polycarbonate panels were provided, and additional modular armour could also be used.

The Leopard 1A5 incorporated modern solutions that it "borrowed" from the systems of other Leopards. This includes the EMES 18 computerised fire control system with a Zeiss thermal imaging system, a weapon stabiliser, a laser rangefinder and the development of improved ammunition.

As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Greece will join the countries participating in the training of Ukrainian pilots on the F-16.

Greece also joined the G7 declaration on security guarantees for Ukraine and officially supported Ukraine's membership in NATO.

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