April 15, 2019

LEOPARD ON THE PROWL AT HOHENFELS: Perhaps the headline should be “Germany once again has tanks that manage to work.” Except a few months ago I linked to a photo of German Leopard 2s on an exercise in Norway, so we’ve visual evidence that the Bundesweht has at least six or seven in running condition. This Leopard 2 is participating in a large exercise at the U.S. Army’s Hohenfels training center (southeastern Germany). I’ve been there and done that.

BACKGROUND: From December 2017, a StrategyPage update discussing Germany’s woeful tank force and the belated decision to reactivate 104 Leopard 2A7Vs. However, the Leopard 2A7Vs “won’t begin arriving until 2019 and it will take until 2023 to complete the process.” The Leopard 2A7V variant is a fine tank. However, if the Germans really want to help deter Russia I think they need at least 300. Ah — here’s the report I was looking for –an oldie but a goodies from June 2010. This is contemporaneous background on the decision to upgrade the Leopard 2A7. (Dubbed 2A7+ at the time, now the 2A7V.)

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