Germany received its first upgraded Leopard 2A7V tank at Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) in Munich on 29 October, the company announced in a press release, 40 years after the Bundeswehr received its first Leopard 2 on 25 October 1979.
The tank was handed over to the Bundesamt für Ausrüstung, Informationstechnik und Nutzung der Bundeswehr (BAAINBw), Germany's Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support. The first Leopard 2A7V user will be Panzerbataillion (Armour Battalion) 203's third company in Augustdorf.
The Bundestag, the German parliament, approved the EUR760 million (USD845 million) upgrade of 104 Leopard 2 tanks for the German Army in April 2017.
KMW will retrofit and upgrade 20 Leopard 2A7s, 68 Strv 121s (Leopard 2A4s) repurchased from Sweden, and 16 Leopard 2A6s acquired from Denmark to the Leopard 2A7V standard by 2023.
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