11 Apr '15, 10am

#Germany to put 100 mothballed tanks back into service #military

© REUTERS/ Ints Kalnins US Abrams Tanks to Be Deployed in Lithuania Defense Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said Friday that the military will pay 22 million euros to buy back the Leopard 2 main battle tanks from the defense industry, which has kept them in storage, The Associated Press reported Friday. The modernization of the Leopard 2 fleet is scheduled to start in 2017. “The ministry has decided to raise the upper limit for the future to 328," Flosdorff told a government news conference, confirming a report by German magazine Spiegel. The decision to equip the Bundeswehr with a maximum 328 tanks nearly reverses a four-year-old decision to cut the total from 350 to 225. The announcement came as NATO attempts to increase the response time of its 5,000-strong rapid reaction force amid the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Full article: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150411/1020751852.html

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