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Just one day after the approval by the Federal Council (ESuTreported), armasuisse has contractually agreed with Rheinmetall Landsysteme the sale of the 25 decommissioned 87 Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks. According to armasuisse, in addition to the purchase price, the contract includes orders for Swiss industry as well as services for the Swiss Army's active Leo 2 fleet.

The Swiss armaments authority once again pointed out that the German federal government had assured that the battle tanks would not be forwarded to Ukraine. A final stay in Germany or with NATO or EU partners is guaranteed.

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25 Swiss 87 Leopard 2 A4 tanks are to be transported from the warehouse in Switzerland to Rheinmetall in a timely manner. (Photo: VBS)

As armasuisse writes, Rheinmetall has committed itself in the contract to award orders to Swiss companies in the area of ​​the security-relevant technology and industrial base (STIB) in the amount of the purchase price. The contract with Rheinmetall therefore contains relevant obligations for strengthening Swiss industry. Services were also agreed for the management of the fire control computer of the active fleet of the Swiss Army's Leopard 2 tanks, which will increase their endurance.

According to armasuisse, the contract also stipulates that the 25 tanks will be promptly transported by rail to Germany by the Rheinmetall company. Rheinmetall will expand the preparation of the tank assemblies, which can be used for the active fleet operated by the army, without incurring any costs and deliver them back to Switzerland. This measure speeds up the processing of sales and at the same time relieves the burden on the resources of the army's logistics base.

Editorial staff / gwh