Czech Republic intends to purchase Leopard 2A8 tanks

By Defence Industry Europe

The government of the Czech Republic has authorized Defence Minister Jana Černochová to negotiate the possibility of joining the purchase of Leopard tanks in the new version 2A8, planned by the Federal Republic of Germany.

This opens up the opportunity for the Czech Army to acquire a high-quality ground platform that is also used in several European armies and is compatible with other NATO armies.

Additionally, the Czech side expects a significant price reduction, shorter delivery times, and adequate logistical support through joint efforts with Germany, as stated in the announcement.

Prague aims to purchase approximately 70 Leopard 2A8 tanks.

“Since the beginning of my term, I have emphasized that the heavy brigade is among my priorities. In the case of Leopard tanks, they combine the best features of previous versions 2A4, 2A5, 2A6, and 2A7, proven in combat, and unequivocally belong to the technological forefront. I believe that negotiations with Germany will be successful, and our soldiers will receive modern technology they deserve, contributing to the overall defence capability of our homeland,” said Czech Defence Minister Jana Černochová.

The proposed version of the Leopard 2A8 tank will be among the best available on the current world market. If the Czech army decides to purchase tanks jointly with Germany, it would signify a significant advancement compared to the currently used land technology (T-72M4CZ and Leopard 2A4). The military praises the technical parameters and capabilities of the tank, the Czech Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

“The Leopard tank best meets the requirements of the Czech Army for a modern tank available on the current market, with sufficient firepower, mobility, and a high level of crew protection. Furthermore, it is a tank already in use in several NATO armies, eliminating the need for further development,” stated Colonel Ján Kerdík, Director of the Land Forces Development Department.

“The negotiations themselves are just beginning, so it would not be appropriate to disclose the details. Nevertheless, in general terms, we can say that it will be approximately 70 tanks, and the expected price will be in the range of tens of billions of Czech crowns. We anticipate the delivery of tanks by the end of this decade,” Colonel Kerdík summarized.



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