Germany to bring 100 Leopard 2 tanks back into service

_82239158_456988628Reuters is reporting that Germany plans to bring back into service more than 100 Leopard 2 tanks that had been mothballed. The decision to increase it’s inventory of tanks comes as NATO tries to hasten the response time of its rapid reaction force following Russia’s annexation of Crimea last year and conflict in Ukraine. The article notes that before the end of the Cold War, in the 1980s, the then West Germany had more than 3,500 tanks. Now, seventy years after World War Two, it has just 225. As a result soldiers have to share tanks and heavy equipment across different units.  A defense ministry spokesperson confirmed that “the ministry has decided to raise the upper limit for the future to 328 (tanks)”

Original article here.

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