Denmark's defence minister on Saturday said it would deliver the first batch of refurbished Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine this spring.
Acting Defence Minister of Denmark Troels Lund Poulsen visited Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft vehicle company in Germany to see the progress of readying Leopard 1 tanks for delivery to Ukraine. Denmark has entered into a collaboration with Germany and the Netherlands to donate at least 100 Leopard 1 tanks to Ukraine, a statement from the Danish defence ministry said. “I was there to see that the work to prepare Leopard 1 tanks for Ukraine is progressing so that we can get them going as soon as possible,” Poulsen said. “We still hope to be able to deliver the first tanks to Ukraine during the spring," he added.
“The first sub-goal of the project is to be able to deliver tanks to two battalions – corresponding to approximately 80 tanks – as quickly as possible. The first tanks are expected to be ready during the spring and will be used to train Ukrainian forces,” the statement said.
Besides education and training on the Leopard 1 tanks, Ukraine will be offered spare parts and an ammunition package.