Leopard 2A7

Qatar Takes Delivery of Leopard 2A7+ MBTs

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has delivered almost half of the 62 Leopard 2A7+ series main battle tanks (MBTs) on contract to Qatar. The deal is the company’s first major export contract for heavy armour in the Middle East. In addition it covers the supply of 24 PzH 2000 155 mm/52-calibre self-propelled artillery systems, 32 Fennek 4×4 […]

Qatar Parades New Equipment

Qatar displayed its new Leopard 2A7 tanks and PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers for the first time during its annual national day parade on 18 December. At least six of the tanks and two howitzers were seen being driven down Doha’s corniche on transporters in Qatari television coverage of the parade. The German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann […]

Report: Oman May Acquire German Leopard Tanks

The Sultanate of Oman is interested in acquiring tanks from German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), according to a press report. The German magazine Der Spiegel writes that a possible deal could result in delivery of more than 70 Leopard main battle tanks for about  €2 billion (US $2.2 billion). A German parliamentary official confirmed the details […]

Germany Defends Export of Tanks to Qatar

Germany defended on Friday a decision to allow the export of tanks and artillery to Qatar, saying it was confident the arms would not be used in a war in Yemen between government supporters and the Iran-allied Houthis. The newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday that four German Leopard 2 tanks and three howitzers had […]

Leopard Ready to Prowl in Qatar

Late in 2015, Qatar will take delivery from German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (Stand 08- C20) of the first of 62 Leopard 2A7+ series main battle tanks (MBTs) and 24 PzH 2000 155mm/52 self-propelled (SP) artillery systems, which were ordered under a €1.89 billion contract placed early in 2013. They will replace the now obsolete Nexter […]

German Security Council Backs Export Deals to Mideast Nations

Germany’s national security council has approved the export of arms to Saudi Arabia, Qatar and other countries in the Middle East, according to a document fromEconomy Minister Sigmar Gabriel obtained by Reuters. The decision stood in stark contrast to government action in May, when two-thirds of proposed arms export licenses were declined, according to media reports, including […]

Germany Promises Change as Arms Sales Draw Scrutiny

For lawmaker Jan van Aken, little symbolizes more potently all that he finds indefensible about Germany’s arms exports than the German and French-made anti-tank missile that he was shown in northern Syria. From its serial number, he believes the 1970s MILAN rocket was sold legitimately by France to then Syrian leader Hafez al-Assad. After decades […]