The Bundeswehr risks temporarily left without the main number of tanks


Gone are the days when Tanks constituted the main striking power of the ground forces of the German army. Now hardly a third of the famous Bundeswehr Leopards are ready for battle.


The armed forces of Germany conceived the modernization of their tank units. Now they are based on Leopard tanks, but only 38% of them are on alert. Most (204 of 222) of the Leopard tanks, which are in service with the Bundeswehr ground forces, are planned to be re-equipped and made more adequate to modern conditions. Accordingly, the tanks will be distilled into repair shops, after which the armored combat units of the Bundeswehr will remain practically without combat vehicles.

Recall that the main German tank used in the armed forces of Germany at the present time is the Leopard 2. It has been produced by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Maschinenbau Kiel for over 40 years - since 1979. Over four decades, 3563 tanks were produced, most of which Germany exported. Leopards were sold worldwide - from the Netherlands and Chile to Singapore and Uganda. Their technical characteristics attracted the attention of buyers from various countries, but, first of all, of course, from among the allies of the “Western bloc”.

The famous military magazine Military Ordnance invariably puts the Leopard in first place among world tanks. The German Interest is equally highly praised by The National Interest. And this is no accident, because the Germans always knew how to make tanks. German tankers constantly took and take first places in military competitions and exercises of the armed forces of NATO countries. But will the Bundeswehr tank corps retain its former power after sending a significant part of the Leopards for repair? This is where things are not so simple.

Contrary to popular reproaches, including from the Americans, the German leadership did not forget about its armed forces. The same Ursula von der Leyen, when he was her Minister of Defense of the Federal Republic of Germany, paid sufficient attention to the rearmament of the ground forces, and other types of armed forces of the country. For example, she advocated increasing the defense spending of Germany, launched a program to create a new generation of European tanks.


But the fact remains - the tank units in the Bundeswehr are being reduced. Currently, according to open source data, only 2 tank divisions remain in the Bundeswehr. In Hanover, the 1st Panzer Division is deployed, which includes only one 21st Panzer Brigade and a tank training brigade (the rest of the division is a motorized infantry brigade, a training artillery division and support units). The 10th Panzer Division is deployed in Bavaria, in Veitshöhheim. It consists of only one 12th tank brigade “Upper Palatinate”. It is clear that not so many tanks are required for two tank brigades. The bulk of the armored vehicles of the Bundeswehr is in storage.


In this case, until 2021, the number of “Leopard-2” in service with the Bundeswehr should be increased to 328, and in the latest configuration A7. All the old Leopards, which are in service with the Bundeswehr, should be brought to this standard. Thus, despite the fact that for some time the German tank brigades will remain with a minimum number of tanks, in the foreseeable future they will see an increase in the number of combat vehicles, both due to the supply of new Leopards and the return of old tanks from the workshops. undergone modernization.

So you can be sure that in the future the Bundeswehr will not remain without tanks, and the Leopards, as they were, will be a reliable fighting vehicle, which enjoys well-deserved authority and demand all over the world. But for a while the German army to remain almost completely without tanks, still at risk. Not only that, and to the tank power of the past, the German ground forces are already very, very far away. The German leadership does not see the point in preserving the numerous ground forces, since there is no one to fight these tank divisions and brigades in Europe, and small units can be sent to the Near and Middle East to NATO contingents.
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  1. Alexander Suvorov 4 February 2020 08: 59 New
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    I’m just curious, but what for the Bundeswehr 200 tanks ?! No, well, seriously. For a full-fledged conflict in Europe, this is catastrophically small. Then why? Papuans in Africa to drive? So the Germans do not seem to be eager for Africa. Just to maintain the pants, so then they must be at least a couple of thousand in arms.
    I see a gynecologist there narulul in the Bundeswehr, Hitler and Guderian spinning in a coffin ... laughing
    1. Vladimir_2U 4 February 2020 09: 10 New
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      Quote: Alexander Suvorov
      I’m just curious, but what for the Bundeswehr 200 tanks ?! No, well, seriously. For a full-fledged conflict in Europe, this is catastrophically small
      Maybe all the same, they’re not going to seriously fight.
      1. Alexander Suvorov 4 February 2020 09: 13 New
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        Vladimir_2U (Vladimir)
        Maybe all the same, they’re not going to seriously fight.
        Apparently not, they are not going to. And God forbid that they do not intend to continue. Twice we already took Berlin, the third will have to raze it to the ground.
        1. Free wind 4 February 2020 09: 56 New
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          I beg your pardon please. The beer you took with your friends a couple of times is correctly called Berliner, not Berlin. Beer is not bad, you can repeat it. I recommend eating fried, pork ribs. Once again, I apologize for the errors indicated.
          1. Alexander Suvorov 4 February 2020 10: 00 New
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            And why did you post it? Such a kind of humor?
            1. Free wind 4 February 2020 10: 39 New
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              Berlin was taken by our grandfathers, great-grandfathers, our ancestors. Due to its young age, Berlin, the capital of Germany, neither you nor I could take, and you know it perfectly. Since pride and intimidation of others is disgusting to the Russian man, I realized that you took beer and a little bit were mistaken in the name of the variety.
              1. Alexander Suvorov 4 February 2020 11: 13 New
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                Free wind (ALEXANDER)
                Berlin was taken by our grandfathers, great-grandfathers, our ancestors. Due to its young age, Berlin, the capital of Germany, neither you nor I could take, and you know it perfectly.
                By the phrase "we took Berlin twice" I meant us Russians and naturally our ancestors. I don’t know about you, but I identify myself with both Russians and my ancestors.
                Therefore, you can take beer somewhere, and WE took Berlin!
        2. 32363 4 February 2020 11: 13 New
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          Quote: Alexander Suvorov
          Vladimir_2U (Vladimir)
          Maybe all the same, they’re not going to seriously fight.
          Apparently not, they are not going to. And God forbid that they do not intend to continue. Twice we already took Berlin, the third will have to raze it to the ground.

          more visible from the sofa laughing
      2. Krasnoyarsk 4 February 2020 12: 15 New
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        Quote: Vladimir_2U
        Maybe all the same, they’re not going to seriously fight.

        Yes, they are not going to fight. The desire to fight our fathers and grandfathers recaptured them for a long time.
        The strange title of the article, - = The Bundeswehr risks temporarily being left without the main number of tanks =
        Well, it remains, for a while, but what’s the risk?
        And again, the author scares us - = But for a while the German army to remain almost completely without tanks, still runs the risk. =
        The Germans would risk only in one case - to remain without tanks at the time of aggression from a certain country. But since this is not foreseen in the foreseeable future, there is no risk at all.
    2. bessmertniy 4 February 2020 09: 12 New
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      It’s like in “Merry Guys” there is a roll of animals: “Is there a leopard?” “Yes.” But how many of these leopards do not care. wassat
    3. mvg
      mvg 4 February 2020 09: 20 New
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      a full-fledged conflict in Europe, it is disastrously small. Then why? Papuans in Africa to drive?

      Why does Russia need one pre-aircraft-carrier Kuznetsov? Without an air wing? Moreover, we don’t have Papuans either, for the “drive”. Or cruisers forty? But they swell money. Hundreds of billions
      1. Alexander Suvorov 4 February 2020 09: 28 New
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        Russia is not Germany, as long as Russia exists, it will always be the object of attack, it is an axiom. But who will attack Germany? However, they are already under occupation for 75 years already.
        1. mvg
          mvg 4 February 2020 21: 10 New
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          as long as Russia exists, it will always be the object of attack, this is an axiom

          And who, unprovenly, deduced this axiom? Are they attacking England, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and another hundred countries? Does anyone have a passion to experience in combat nuclear weapons?
          Do not smack nonsense from the TV. Smaller than the Russian press in the morning, and the Malakhovs and the Malyshevs ..
          And the schizophrenia that is about to attack us will pass.
  2. marmalade 4 February 2020 08: 59 New
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    temporarily left without tanks, temporarily. and after modernization it will only get better
  3. Yrec 4 February 2020 09: 00 New
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    “Leopard” was considered tank number 1 until the Turks on it did not enter Syria. As before, No. 1 was the Merkava, until it entered Lebanon. The best tank in the world is the one that did not fight. It can be promoted as you like, endowed with any non-existent qualities - check the hell. So the Turks were led, and now in convoys to Syria on tank carriers they have entirely M-60. It’s one thing in parades 2 times a year to drive a tank, it’s quite another thing to fight on it.
    1. mvg
      mvg 4 February 2020 21: 15 New
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      "Leopard" was considered tank number 1 until the Turks on it did not enter Syria. As before, No. 1 was the Merkava, until it entered Lebanon

      Better study the statistics of T-54/55, T-62, T-72 in military conflicts. At the same time, try to recall at least one war in the last half century, where this technique would defeat the western one. In any hands.
      You can still recall the T-90A Vladimir, whom they also burn in Syria (at least 8 pieces) and steal.
      PS: Then you can talk about Leopard-2A4 80 years
  4. Mavrikiy 4 February 2020 09: 17 New
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    The Bundeswehr risks temporarily left without the main number tanks
    It may be more correct: the Bundeswehr risks temporarily being left without a main tank. requestthe main number - sho tse take?
  5. Lamata 4 February 2020 09: 22 New
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    and the era of the great tank battles has passed.
  6. max702 4 February 2020 09: 47 New
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    The Germans are tired of fighting .. In the mind, it is necessary to unite the three countries into a military economic union, at least Russia, Germany, France, and Italy, with a greater likelihood. In this case, a powerful union will be able to withstand the Anglo-Saxons and growing China .. The Germans and the French are well aware that they are not people for the Anglo-Saxons, but there are no such problems with the Russians, but on the contrary, cooperation in all spheres is very promising, a third center of power will appear on the planet, which is for plus stability .. These three four countries have no contradictions with each other France Germany and Italy in the EU is the leading and guiding role in their problems with the Anglo-Saxons who do not allow us to turn around in all directions just like us .. After such an alliance, it is quite possible to drive US troops out of Europe and organize a stable economic system that is little dependent on economic changes in the world ..
    1. Doctor 4 February 2020 11: 07 New
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      This is Russia Germany France

      We were and will remain barbarians for them. Just like Eastern Europe. And with the French, alliances are doubtful. The Germans are more likely to gravitate to the Scandinavians. And the current policy of neutrality actually confirms this. We realized that in a historical perspective, fighting is unprofitable.
      Well, Austria is understandable.
  7. shinobi 4 February 2020 10: 01 New
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    In a modern battle against an equal opponent who knows how and most importantly wants to fight, the tank lives on average no more than 12 minutes, then either the battle ends in victory, or goodbye flies on board. In essence, a modern tank is a well-protected, huge caliber sniper rifle. bunker sandal, machine gun nest tuck.
    1. Doctor 4 February 2020 10: 54 New
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      In a modern battle against an equal opponent, who knows how and most importantly wants to fight, a tank lives on average no more than 12 minutes.

      Yes, it always has been. But you can't do without tanks.
      1. shinobi 4 February 2020 10: 59 New
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        And who is arguing?
    2. max702 4 February 2020 11: 37 New
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      So far they haven’t come up with anything better .. The level of technological development does not allow .. Efficiency will increase a sharp improvement in reconnaissance and target designation means. Well, and a breakthrough in KAZ is needed .. We’ve reached the ceiling for passive armor .. Is there any breakthrough in cermet that can cope with order is better than current materials ..
  8. Oberleutnant 4 February 2020 13: 28 New
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    Our Bundeswar and politicians know that no one will attack us. Only big words about Russian aggression. The officers I know confirm this in conversations. They are preparing for battles in urban areas, for the suppression of uprisings. The number of Leopards is enough for this, especially the A7 version. All maneuvers are aimed at this.
    1. shinobi 4 February 2020 15: 08 New
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      Is there awareness of the danger from emigrants from the African continent?