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Old February 21st, 2018, 02:58 PM
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Post Re: Germany’s Leopard Tanks Prove Vulnerable

It is true Turkey is not using the using updated Leopards in Operation Olive Branch as many earlier posts have noted (although it was though, the Leopards would survive 70's era Fagot missiles). However, it is more to do with German export conditions than with Turkey's understanding of combined arms. We must remember, Turkey is a NATO member with access to US combat schools. Many of her officers have gone through Ft Riley and Ft Steward and many command schools as well (although, I suspect some of those officers are in detention following the failed Gulen coup).

Just recently, a deal seems to have been struck to allow Germany's Rheinmetall and Turkey's BMC to modernize Turkey's 350 or so Leopards. Apparently, over the years, acrimony has set in the German press and it's parliament over export restrictions that prohibited the use of the Leopards against the Kurds (Turkey has always maintained the PKK and the YPG to be terrorist organizations) by Ankara.


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