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Subject: Does any know leorpard tanks to turkey?
icetea    12/6/2004 4:45:51 AM
I have been reading about 250 tanks selling by germans to turkey. they were leopard main tank sale to turkey. Any one know the details and status of the sale? thanks
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BrittleSteel    RE:Does any know leorpard tanks to turkey?   11/10/2005 11:38:59 PM
I dont knwo but i do know that Israel is selling thme the merk 1 and israeli upgraded pattons.
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tjkhan    RE:Does any know leorpard tanks to turkey?   11/12/2005 1:38:59 PM
Here is an article from Defense Industry Daily on the sale. You will see it's a mixture of leopard 1s and Leopard 2s. You can find the URL to the Defesce Industry Daily site below: Here's the article: "Germany to Sell 298 Leopard 2 Tanks to Turkey Posted 11-Nov-2005 02:34 Reuters in Berlin reports that Germany has finalized a long-delayed deal to sell 298 surplus Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Turkey. German defense group Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) will now modernize the tanks and prepare them for sale. This move is just the latest step in a massive German fire-sale that has made second-hand Leopard 2s the standard tank of European armies, and may be positioning KMW for a consolidation leadership role within the European defense market. The sale also reflects a new willingness to sell arms to Turkey, and some sources speculate that this move may have been influenced by that country's upcoming EU membership negotiations. The German Defence Ministry declined to give a price, but on August 5, 2005, DID covered a EUR 270 million contract to deliver 183 Leopard 1 and 150 Leopard 2 tanks from Germany to Greece - with refurbishment and other supplementary costs included in the price. That article also included additional information concerning Greece and Turkey's relative tank fleets, which have the potential to come into direct conflict over ongoing tensions around Cyprus and other issues."
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