As a first step, Germany plans to deliver 14 state-of-the-art Leopard 2 tanks, said government spokesman Steffen Hebestreit, explaining that the goal was to quickly assemble two tank battalions with Leopard 2 tanks and that European partners would also provide tanks for this purpose. The German government will issue the necessary licences. A German battle tank battalion usually consists of 44 Leopard 2 tanks. The shipment to Ukraine therefore involves a total of almost 90 tanks.
The support package also includes training, logistics and ammunition. The tanks are to come from Bundeswehr stocks. “This decision is in line with our well-known policy of supporting Ukraine to the best of our ability. We are acting internationally in a closely coordinated manner,” said Chancellor Olaf Scholz.