Indonesia Bid to Buy Used German Tanks Advances
Berlin. Indonesia is going ahead with plans to purchase used Leopard 2 battle-tanks from Germany, according to documents seen by DPA on Thursday.
An application for the export of four such tanks to the Asian nation was filed on July 23, according to a German Defense Ministry statement to the opposition Green Party, which opposes military exports to countries where they might be used in human rights breaches.
The disclosure gave no indication of whether it was a German government agency or a commercial defense supplier which had filed the application. Germany acquired large quantities of the Leopard 2A4 tanks in the 1980s, but has since been reducing tank troops.
Buyer nations usually request samples of tanks and test them in local conditions before placing a bulk order.
In July, German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed a possible defense deal with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono during a visit to Indonesia.
At the time, Yudhoyono did not deny media reports that Indonesia was interested in buying around 100 Leopard 2 tanks.
Made by German manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH, the Leopard 2 series is one of the world’s most powerful tanks and was designed for use in a full-scale war.