Spain almost ready to transfer Leopard-2 tanks to Ukraine
Tank Leopard (Photo:REUTERS/Fabian Bimme)
Spain is carrying out the last stages of repairs on the Leopard 2A4 tanks earmarked for Ukraine, Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported on March 1.
“The Ministry of Defense is already working on adjusting six Leopard 2A4 battle tanks, which will be sent to Ukraine,” the message says.
“The battle tanks are at contractor Santa Bárbara's facilities in Alcala de Guadaira, where they are undergoing the fourth stage of overhaul – the most comprehensive one – before being sent to the front.”
The article notes that the authorities will spend EUR 4.1 million ($4.38 million) the get the tanks in order.
Leopard-2 main battle tanks, which Spain will send to Ukraine in spring, have left the logistics base of Casetas. Since 2012, 53 tanks, which Madrid acquired from Germany, have been stored there.
On Feb. 26, Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles announced that the repair of Leopard tanks for Ukraine had begun, as well as the training for tank crews and brigades that maintain the machines.
Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba estimated that Ukraine would receive 120-140 modern Western-made tanks in the first wave of such supplies.
Previously, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said that Ukraine needs 300-500 tanks for a major offensive to liberate Ukrainian territory from Russian occupation.
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