France is considering transferring its tanks to Ukraine – Politico

Yana Stavska09:29, 19.01.23

In total, about 900 combat vehicles were produced, almost half of which were exported to the United Arab Emirates.

Paris is considering transferring its Leclerc battle tanks to Ukraine  to provide Berlin with a basis for supplying heavy armored vehicles, Politico writes , citing a French official.

At the same time, discussions on this issue are still ongoing in French political circles. “The issue is difficult and has not yet been resolved in Paris. But we are thinking about it,” said the interlocutor of the publication.

The transfer of tanks will be discussed at a joint meeting with German government officials.

AMX-56 Leclerc is the main battle tank of the French army. It was developed in the 80s, and serial production of this model began in 1990 at the Nexter concern. In total, about 900 combat vehicles were produced, almost half of which were exported to the United Arab Emirates.

At the beginning of January this year, France began the modernization of 200 such tanks, according to which the equipment will receive an updated fire control system and new electronics. 

Tanks for Ukraine – what is known

Great Britain was the first to officially confirm the transfer of western-style tanks to Ukraine. The day before, London agreed to supply the ZSU with 14 units of its Challenger 2 .

At the same time , they are trying to persuade Germany to give at least permission for the delivery of Leopard. On this occasion, the Chancellor of Germany, Olaf Scholz, has already set a condition for the USA : first, Washington must confirm the transfer of its Abrams heavy tanks to Kyiv.

It is already known that Warsaw has reserved a whole company of German tanks for Ukraine, but it cannot hand them over to Ukraine without Berlin’s political decision. Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki expects to supply Ukraine with at least 100 combat tanks.

(C)UNIAN 2023

6 comments

  1. That would be great, then we can expect to see a meme of a French Tank destroying a moskali rusty shed with the words;

    ‘Tis I, Leclerc!’

    Anyone else a fan of Allo Allo?

    • Absolutely. After watching what Poopin did in Chechnia, Syria, Georgia, the CAR and Ukraine, what is there to debate? Genocide is ok if its just a couple million? Maybe Poopin will go to Georgia instead of Lithuania? Maybe Poopin will wake up one day and realize he has been acting like a nazi?

What is your opinion?