“Tank Shredder” company purchased by KMW

Jane’s is reporting that German tank manufacturer Krauss Maffei-Wegmann (KMW) has puchased GmbH Koch, a company that specializes in dismantling tanks and armored vehicles.  According to Jane’s:

The company, which takes apart tanks at a facility in Rockensussra, Germany, is the only NATO-certified company to dismantle tanks, KMW said in a press release. The company has been shredding tanks since 1991, and has dismantled 16,000 military vehicles to date. Battle Tank Dismantling was previously owned by the Scholz Group, a scrapping company.

Here are a few images of vehicles at the GmbH Koch facility.  (more images here.)

Luchs 8x8

Spahpanzer Luchs



panzer 68

Panzer 68


Marder IFV


Krauss-Maffei Wegmann wants to export Leopard II to Oman

Leo2a4mcan1010076cArabian Business.com has posted an article stating that German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) wants to export over 70 Leopard tanks to Oman.  The article notes that this story was originally reported in German language magazine Der Spiegel, which notes that KMW and a Turkish competitor to submit bids for a contract worth more than 2 billion dollars.  Der Spiegel said the Federal Security Council, the German body that monitors the export of military goods, had given KMW a temporary export licence for a Leopard tank for a test in Oman.