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Two Leopard 2 A7V battle tanks on the road in Bad Frankenhausen, Germany, on September 15, 2021.
Two Leopard 2 A7V battle tanks on the street in Unhealthy Frankenhausen, Germany, on September 15, 2021. (Jens Schlueter/Getty Photographs)

The German military has 320 Leopard 2 tanks in its possession, but it surely has not revealed what number of could be battle prepared, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Protection advised CNN.

These Leopard 2s — all within the A5, A6 and A7 sequence, are in numerous levels of situation, state of restore and readiness to be deployed, the spokesperson defined. 

The German military now not has Leopard 1s in its possession, which is an older sequence of the primary battle tank line, she stated. Likewise, it doesn’t have older Leopard 2 fashions just like the A4, in inventory. 

Individually, the arms producer Rheinmetall stated final week it had 139 Leopards in inventory, however of these solely 29 Leopard 2s could be combat-ready for supply within the spring of this 12 months. These 29 have already been theoretically pledged to 3rd celebration international locations as a part of a tank swap.

The remainder of the inventory wanted to be ready over an extended time frame, in line with the corporate.

A Rheinmetall spokesperson on Tuesday advised CNN that of the remainder of the inventory — 88 Leopard 1 tanks — just a few might be deliverable in about 9 months, and the remaining in a 12 months. 

One other German weapons producer, FFG, has 99 Leopards in its depot, however solely the older Leopard 1 vary, a spokesperson for the corporate tells CNN. 

Even when a tank is prepared and repaired, it wants munition and spare components to be deployable. 

Some context: Poland has formally requested Germany for permission to switch Leopard 2 battle tanks to Ukraine. Germany has to date resisted calls from Poland, the US and a handful of different NATO international locations to switch the tanks into Ukraine, or authorize different international locations to ship a few of their Leopards to Kyiv.

Nonetheless, Germany’s Protection Minister Boris Pistorius stated earlier that the nation will decide on the tanks “very quickly.”

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