“I can confirm that an export permit has been issued,” said German government spokesperson Steffen Hebestreit at the press conference on Friday. He did not disclose any details about this permission.
However, according to the “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”, the German company Rheinmetall plans to sell 88 Leopard 1 main battle tanks to Ukraine. The total cost of these tanks, after repair and preparation for combat, may amount to over EUR 100 million.
As Defence Industry Europe reported, in mid-January CEO of Rheinmetall Armin Papperger told that the company has 88 Leopard 1 main battle tanks in stock.