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Saudi Arabia may refuse to purchase the Leopard MBT from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann

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Saudi Arabia may refuse to purchase the Leopard MBT from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann

The German company Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann (Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann) risks "losing" a potential contract for the supply of Saudi Arabia the main combat tankswhose value is estimated at 5 billion euros, the Handelsblatt newspaper reports.


The Saudi Defense Ministry is negotiating the purchase of main battle tanks from 2010 of the year. According to various sources, Riyadh intends to purchase from 270 to 800 MBT.

Throughout the past year, the opposition in the German parliament put strong pressure on the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel, saying that the deal with Saudi Arabia contradicted the basic principles of the country's export policy.

At the moment, the contract is still not approved and, as expected, the permission for the delivery will not be issued until the completion of the parliamentary elections in September.

As reported by France-Press Agency, in the face of the German leadership’s consideration of the sale of 270 MBT Leopard-2A7, the Saudi side is exploring alternative ways to acquire new tanks. One of them is the purchase of the Abrams MBT by American General Dynamics.

Currently, the armed forces of Saudi Arabia are 315 MBT М1А1 / А2 Abrams, upgraded as part of a program worth 2,9 billion to the version M1A2S.

As previously reported, another potential supplier could be Turkey, which is developing the Altai MBT with the assistance of specialists from the Republic of Korea.
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  1. serge-68-68
    serge-68-68 15 July 2013 10: 44 New
    +6
    Always who pays, he orders the music. The Germans do not want to earn 5 billion - the Americans will willingly earn them. Moreover, the Abrams in the Saudis are already in quantity.
    PS ... their mother! Even the Turks develop MBT and offer for the competition. We are still philosophizing about Armata alone ...
    1. Basileus
      Basileus 15 July 2013 10: 57 New
      +3
      The Turks do not offer anything revolutionary - they just want to make MBT of a classic layout at the level of world analogues. As far as I know, no one is currently developing “promising” MBTs. At least not open.
    2. master_rem
      master_rem 15 July 2013 11: 02 New
      +3
      Yes lan, don’t worry - the T-90ms is already there - it’s no worse than the bourgeois models, and you need to make Armata yourself
    3. experienced
      experienced 15 July 2013 11: 43 New
      +2
      Quote: serge-68-68
      Always who pays, he orders the music.

      The Saudis themselves pay, it’s another thing they’re on a hard collar from the Americans, and therefore they can dream of any kind of purchase, but they will only buy “Abrams” bully Otherwise, they risk losing the status of "democracy"
  2. King
    King 15 July 2013 10: 53 New
    +6
    The Americans, in order not to close their plants for the production of abrams, threw the Germans and impose their equipment on the Saudis. and Merkil smiles at and justifies the actions of the NSA in Germany. Otto Von Bismarck has more than once turned over into a hornbeam, looking from the other side as the USA and Israel lower Germany
    1. Akim
      Akim 15 July 2013 11: 03 New
      0
      Quote: King
      threw the Germans and impose their equipment on the Saudis.

      They do not impose, everything is logical here.
  3. neri73-r
    neri73-r 15 July 2013 10: 57 New
    +4
    Let them buy T-64s in Ukraine, they won’t fight one hell!
    1. King
      King 15 July 2013 14: 31 New
      0
      Yes, and we, too, can merge junk. much cheaper than americos.
  4. Kars
    Kars 15 July 2013 11: 02 New
    +3
    Currently, the armed forces of Saudi Arabia are 315 MBT М1А1 / А2 Abrams, upgraded as part of a program worth 2,9 billion to the version M1A2S.


    And Abrashi will continue to buy more, all these throwings Leopard, Altai are pure show-offs. This was clear when there was only news about the contract.
    1. InkGrey
      InkGrey 15 July 2013 14: 35 New
      0
      That's right - so, talk. The point is to switch to another technique, when in parallel there is a similar one in terms of characteristics. Another thing is why these conversations should have been bought by these Abrams, and no one would have said anything. Looking for a great deal from the US?
  5. Gorchilin
    Gorchilin 15 July 2013 11: 21 New
    -1
    The Americans offered several hundred abrams to the Greeks for free. A tank is too specific a commodity.

    Apparently, the political background is obvious in this matter. A large pile of money is better to give the guarantor of their safety. It’s quite rational in political terms, technology is the tenth thing
    1. Apollo
      Apollo 15 July 2013 11: 56 New
      +1
      quote-As reported by France-Presse, in the face of delay by the German leadership in considering the sale of 270 MBT Leopard-2A7


      continuation of the quote, the Saudi side is exploring alternative options for acquiring new tanks. One of them is the purchase of MBT M1 Abrams by General Dynamics.


      and now the ratio of our tanks and enemy tanks

      extension
    2. Akim
      Akim 15 July 2013 12: 00 New
      0
      Quote: Gorchilin
      The Americans offered several hundred abrams to the Greeks for free. A tank is too specific a commodity.

      Disposal and storage - also cost money. And already for the finished and used goods, they get a dependent consumer who spends money on spare parts and ammunition, etc.
  6. ed65b
    ed65b 15 July 2013 11: 55 New
    +1
    I can offer the Saudis a tank a dug "tiger" made in Germany, in good condition (to weld holes to clean from rust), pickup from Prokhorovka.
    1. experienced
      experienced 15 July 2013 11: 59 New
      +3
      Quote: ed65b
      I can offer the Saudis a tank a dug "tiger" made in Germany, in good condition (to weld holes to clean from rust), pickup from Prokhorovka.

      Better let them buy 2000 T-64 shipment at own expense from Ukraine, modernization is possible ... To each Bedouin on T-64 laughing
      1. Apollo
        Apollo 15 July 2013 12: 05 New
        +2
        Quote: seasoned
        Better let them buy 2000 T-64 shipment at own expense from Ukraine, modernization is possible ... To each Bedouin on T-64


        Good afternoon, Aleksey! hi To not buy the Saudis,fighting spirit and experience they completely lack. laughingWhere and when did the armed forces of this country take part in military operations, and nowhere ?! So the warriors are still those. negative
    2. Kars
      Kars 15 July 2013 12: 04 New
      +2
      Quote: ed65b
      I can offer the Saudis a dug "tiger" tank made in Germany

      Are you the lucky owner of about 2 million dollars? If you can hang out so that he would not be taken away.
  7. pinecone
    pinecone 15 July 2013 12: 06 New
    +1
    Quote: King
    The Americans, in order not to close their plants for the production of abrams, threw the Germans and impose their equipment on the Saudis. and Merkil smiles at them and justifies the actions of the NSA in Germany. Otto Von Bismarck has more than once turned over into a hornbeam, looking from the other side as the USA and Israel lower Germany
  8. Max otto
    Max otto 15 July 2013 19: 44 New
    0
    Do not make a decision to sell, because the owner does not allow. The Arabians will buy "Abrams", put 100 green paperoff.