EDA to Launch Four-Country Talks on Leopard 2 Upgrade and Procurement After Industry Feedback

The European Defence Agency (EDA) awaits a last round of market feedback from industry before launching final consultations with member states Cyprus, Greece, Romania, and Spain to launch a programme in 2020 to modernise or procure Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) fleets. The effort will aim at upgrading to Leopard 2A7 equivalents or acquiring...

The European Defence Agency (EDA) awaits a last round of market feedback from industry before launching final consultations with member states Cyprus, Greece, Romania, and Spain to launch a programme in 2020 to modernise or procure Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) fleets. The effort will aim at upgrading to Leopard 2A7 equivalents or acquiring them, according to the agency.

The EDA is preparing to launch a programme in 2020 for four member states to upgrade or procure Leopard 2A7 equivalents (photo of Greek Leopard 2HEL that will be modernised). (Hellenic Army)
The EDA is preparing to launch a programme in 2020 for four member states to upgrade or procure Leopard 2A7 equivalents (photo of Greek Leopard 2HEL that will be modernised). (Hellenic Army)

"We're aiming for maximum commonality among them as they upgrade their MBTs," an EDA source told Jane's on 8 July, adding that the programme will involve approximately 200 Leopard tanks, plus a purchase of a new tank battalion by Romania, with all the upgrade work worth "several hundreds" of millions of euros.

Source: www.janes.com