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Brazilian Army eyes new Leopard MBTs

23 October 2017

The Brazilian Army is considering buying surplus Krauss-Maffei Wegmann Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks (MBTs) and support vehicles, and internal preliminary reports are now being drafted, the service told Jane’s .

Prior transfer to Brazil, 220 of the 250 Leopard 1A5s and the 20 Leopard 1-based support vehicles, purchased from German surplus in 2006, were refurbished. (Brazilian Army)Prior transfer to Brazil, 220 of the 250 Leopard 1A5s and the 20 Leopard 1-based support vehicles, purchased from German surplus in 2006, were refurbished. (Brazilian Army)

Officials stressed that no decision has yet been made and no resources are allocated for such a purchase.

MBTs are relatively complex technology and some time is needed for research and eventually for contract negotiation, officials said.

As part of that research, early in September a Brazilian delegation visited Switzerland and Italy to inspect Leopard 1A5s.

The Brazilian Army told Jane’s it fields 220 Leopard 1A5BR, 41 Leopard 1A1, and 36 M60A3 TTS tanks; and 20 Leopard 1BR support vehicles (eight armoured recovery, four armoured vehicle launch bridge, four armoured engineering, and four driver training vehicles).

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