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Service hub for Ukrainian Leopard tanks launched in Poland

Saturday, 22 July 2023, 23:58
Service hub for Ukrainian Leopard tanks launched in Poland
Bumar-Łabędy plant, photo from Mariusz Błaszczaks Twitter account

A maintenance and repair hub for Leopard 2 tanks received by Ukraine was opened at the  Bumar-Łabędy plant in Gliwice. 

Source: Mariusz Błaszczak, Polish Defence Minister, on Twitter, reports European Pravda

Details: According to him, "the first two Leopard tanks have already arrived from Ukraine to the plant."

Background:

  • Earlier, Poland authorities stated that negotiations with Germany on the opening of a service centre for Leopard tanks received by Ukraine are ongoing, and the Polish side remains fully prepared to take the vehicles for repair.
  • Before that, the German media reported earlier that Germany intends to break off negotiations on the creation of a service centre for Leopard tanks in Poland. According to Handelsblatt, the reason for this decision was the inflated price expectations from the Polish side.
  • The centre was supposed to open at the end of May. After talks with Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak in April, his German counterpart Boris Pistorius said both sides had reached the final stage of implementation.

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