They are tucked away somewhere in Germany – mothballed, but well maintained and oiled and now their moment has come again. Leopard 2 battle tanks: the lumbering, seemingly outdated machines made by German defense group Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, are now in demand again.
The German military, the Bundeswehr, has asked Krauss-Maffei Wegman, or KMW, to pull 100 monthballed Leopard 2 battle tanks, sometimes known as Panzers, back into service.
“It’s up to lawmakers to decide whether to do the upgrade,” Frank Haun, the CEO of tank manufacturer, told Handelsblatt.
Less than two years ago, KMW and its main product, the Leopard 2, were seen as dinosaurs. The Bundeswehr had downgraded much of its tank fleet and Greece and Spain were the company’s last two customers in Europe.