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The U.S. Defence Secretary recently said that Germany has not decided whether to allow its Leopard 2 tanks to be sent to Ukraine.


  • It is a German – made main battle tank, developed by German weapons manufacturer Krauss – Maffei Wegmann (KMW).
  • Leopard was first produced in the late 1990s for the West German army in response to Soviet threats during the Cold War.
  • These tanks are armed with 120mm smoothbore cannon.
  • It is also armed with two coaxial light machine guns.
  • They also provide all – around protection for troops from threats such as mines, anti – tank fire, and improvised explosive devices.
  • Range: 500 km (311 miles)

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