According to Yahoo News, Acting Danish Defense Minister Troels Lund Poulsen disclosed the anticipated timeline for the shipment of the Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine while on a visit to the German company FFG, which is repairing them.
"I'm glad I stopped by FFG. I was there to witness the progress being made in the preparation of the Leopard 1 tanks for Ukraine, which we will be able to dispatch as soon as possible "Poulsen was quoted as saying by the press department for the Danish Ministry of Defense.
We still hope to be able to deliver the first tanks to Ukraine in the spring. "I am proud that Denmark, in cooperation with other countries, is supporting Ukraine's fight for freedom with a large and important donation," he continued.
Early in February 2023, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Germany began work on restoring a Leopard 1A5 tank. The project's initial phase entails the prompt delivery of tanks for two battalions, or roughly 80 tanks.
The first Leopard 1s, which will be used to educate the Ukrainian military, are anticipated to be ready in the spring. Ukraine will also receive spare parts and ammo for the tanks as part of the cooperative initiative.
"Our joint initiative highlights the value of international cooperation between nations and business as we work together to provide such a significant quantity of Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine. This is essential for continuing to support Ukraine, "Poulsen stated.
The first two dozen Leopard 1s would come "by summer," according to Oleksii Reznikov, Ukraine's defense minister, who previously stated that 80 Leopard 1s would be delivered to Ukraine by the end of the year.
Source: YAHOO NEWS
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