18 Apr '15, 3pm

Germany To Buy Back Tanks Amid Russia Threat

Germany To Buy Back Tanks Amid Russia Threat

Leopard 2 A6 battle tanks participate in military exercises during a visit by German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the Bundeswehr combat training center on Jan. 28, 2014. (Photo: Sean Gallup/Getty Images) CONNECT 60 TWEET 19 LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE BERLIN — The German military has announced plans to bring 100 mothballed tanks back into service amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and the Ukraine. Defense Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said the military will buy back 100 used Leopard 2 tanks from the defense industry, which has kept them in storage, at a cost of €22 million (US $23.6 million). "These will be repurchased from the industry. These are battle tanks in various states of armament, some of them old. They will be progressively modernized and improved," Flosdorff said. He did not say how much the modernization is expected to cost. During the Co...

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