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Italian Parliament approves Leopard 2A8 procurement programme

By Defence Industry Europe

On February 21, the Defence Committee of the Italian Parliament approved the procurement of 132 Leopard 2A8 main battle tanks.

 

The procurement programme for Leopard 2A8 tanks for the Italian Army is set to last 14 years (until 2037).

According to the programme approved by the Italian Parliament, it will cost nearly EUR 8.5 billion. As part of the programme, the Italian Armed Forces will receive 132 Leopard 2A8 main battle tanks and up to 140 other vehicles.

All vehicles are to be produced at the La Spezia facilities owned by the Italian defence company Leonardo.

 

 

Additionally, the Italian Leopard 2A8IT tanks will be equipped with electronic systems supplied by the Iveco – Oto Melara Consortium (CIO).

In December 2023, Leonardo and KNDS signed an agreement regarding cooperation in the production of Leopard 2A8 tanks.

According to this document, Leonardo will be able to participate as an industrial partner in the future European Main Ground Combat System (MGCS) programme.

 

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