Germany has approved the sale of 104 Leopard 2 tanks and 50 Marder 1A2 AIFV to Indonesia 1105132
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|Saturday, May 11, 2013 02:38 PM|
|Germany has approved the sale of 104 Leopard 2 tanks and 50 Marder 1A2 AIFV to Indonesia.|
The German government confirmed the sale of 104 used Leopard 2 tanks and 50 armored personnel carriers Marder 1A2 armoured infantry fighting vehicle by industrial group Rheinmetall to Indonesia, but has put off a decision on a tank sale to Saudi Arabia, a defence source said on Friday, May 10, 2013.
German-made Leopard 2A6 main battle tank
The Leopard 2 is a German-made main battle tank developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). The main armament of the Leopard 2 consists of a 120mm L55 smoothbore gun which was developed by Rheinmetall Waffei Munition of Ratingen.
Under the deal, German military manufacturer Rheinmetall was given government approval to sell 164 tanks to Indonesia. The deal comprises 104 Leopard 2 tanks, 50 of the older Marder 1A2 infantry fighting vehicles, four tanks specialized for mountain terrain, three mobile bridge-layers and three armored earth-movers, called "pioneer tanks" in Germany.
Indonesia, which has economic growth of above 6 percent, is wary of being left behind as China, Vietnam, Thailand and other Asian nations ramp up defense spending.
This year it announced plans to buy more than a dozen Russian Sukhoi fighter jets as well as domestically made, missile-equipped patrol ships.
German-made Marder 1A2 armoured infantry fighting vehicle