The Netherlands plans to buy Leopard 1 for Ukraine, probably from Switzerland
The Dutch government plans to purchase dozens of Leopard 1 tanks for the Ukrainian military, a Swiss company may become the supplier of the weapons
This was reported by the nos.nl TV and radio company.
According to the outlet, there is a possibility that a Swiss company could serve as the weapons supplier. However, it requires permission from the Swiss government. The Swiss government, meanwhile, intends to maintain distance from the conflict with Russia, which raises concerns about the supply.
The cost of the Swiss Leopard 1 tanks is currently unknown.
In February, the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany agreed to provide Ukraine with about 100 modernized Leopard 1 tanks.
At the end of April, the Netherlands announced that together with Denmark they would purchase 14 Leopard 2-A4 battle tanks for Ukraine. The estimated cost of these tanks is approximately EUR 165 million. However, the Netherlands and Denmark have agreed to cover half of this amount.
In May, a Swiss parliamentary committee recommended allowing the re-export of military equipment and weapons.
On June 1, Ruag, a Swiss defense company, officially submitted a request to the Swiss government seeking permission to export 96 Leopard 1 tanks, despite Switzerland's neutral stance.
Recent reports indicate that Switzerland is considering decommissioning 25 Leopard 2 tanks with the intention of reselling them.