The Swiss Federal Council has supported the decommissioning of 25 Leopard 2 main battle tanks for resale to Germany.
The competent commission of the National Council proposes to decommission decommissioned tanks and thus make it possible to sell them back to the German manufacturer Rheinmetall .
How many Leopard 2 tanks does Switzerland have
There are 96 decommissioned Leopard 2 main battle tanks in the country. The Commission on Security Policy of the National Council is asking to decommission 25 of these tanks. A small majority of the Commission members only want this if the German manufacturer’s tanks are sold back.
The Federal Council reports that the army itself needs 71 of these 96 tanks. The remaining 25 could be sold without hindering self-sufficiency.
Resale of tanks
Germany approached Switzerland with a request to sell some of their mothballed Leopard 2 tanks to it . This could allow Berlin and other allies to increase military aid to Ukraine.
At the same time, the Czech Republic also applied to Switzerland for the purchase of Leopard 2 tanks.
Source: RBC Ukraine