The Ukrainian battlefield will become hell for the Leopard 2A4 tank if this tank goes to war. That is the bad forecast being mentioned by military experts.

As the West pushes to supply Kyiv with heavy weapons, Spain is said to be planning to supply 40 Leopard 2A4 tanks.

These tanks have been stored for the past decade at a Spanish Army logistics base. The delivery will accompany the training of Ukrainian troops in Latvia, where more than 500 Spanish servicemen are deployed.

Up to now, a significant number of NATO tanks have arrived in Ukraine.

They are all variants of the Soviet-era T-72 tank, supplied by former Warsaw Pact members like Poland and Slovakia, or by the successor states of Yugoslavia. Those are all very outdated variants.

The Ukrainian military operated more than 100 T-72s prior to the outbreak of the conflict with Russia, although most of its armored units operated the T-64 tank family due to familiarity and historical conditions.

Ukraine has by far the largest tank force in Europe, but is still weak compared to Russia.

The question is whether the reinforcement of the main battle tanks Leopard 2A4 according to Western standards will bring benefits to the Ukrainian Army, this is still uncertain.

The difficulty is that the German-made tank design is not compatible with Ukrainian ammunition or maintenance procedures.

This means they require additional members per vehicle. In addition, Leopard 2A4 has a poor performance record when in the hands of Turkey. It has suffered very heavy losses in the face of Islamic State militants and Kurdish forces in Iraq and Syria.

It is noteworthy that these losses were mainly caused by outdated anti-tank weapons. Therefore, the delivery of Leopard 2A4 to Ukraine is considered not only causing logistical difficulties, but may even cause the country to lose troops, when this tank has to confront modern Russian weapons.

This will reduce the credibility of the Leopard 2. It is one of only two Western tanks currently being produced alongside the American M1A2 Abrams and is highly trusted by NATO.

It is very likely that the Leopard 2A4 will be shot down in Ukraine, and captured by the Russians. If this happened, it would demoralize coalition members and tarnish Germany’s weapons program.

These factors and the fact that it will take a long time to retrain Ukrainian Army soldiers on German tanks. That means it would be less profitable to deploy Leopard 2A4s than to supply Ukraine with Soviet-designed vehicles like the T-72.


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