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Lithuania Now a Repair Hub for Ukraine's Tanks
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Lithuania Now a Repair Hub for Ukraine’s Tanks

On Friday, the Baltic NATO member Lithuania presented two repaired German Leopard tanks that had been damaged in Ukraine. This event was intended to demonstrate how Lithuania has become a central location for repairing and testing such tanks.

Lithuanian Defense Minister Arvydas Anusauskas sat on a turret on one of the tanks as he was driven along a rough road in the military training area in the central town of Rukla.

He informed journalists, “What else can I add? This tank is quite formidable.”

The tanks revealed on Friday, which are some of the first ones repaired in Lithuania, are set to arrive in Ukraine next month. This comes almost two years after Russia’s invasion of the country.

Based on the most recent publicly available information, Western nations have supplied Ukraine with a total of 71 Leopard 2 tanks.

A portion of objects have previously sustained irreversible harm during Ukraine’s retaliatory attack.

According to the company overseeing the project, Lithuania will be the sole European nation to refurbish Leopard 2 A6 and A5 tanks.

Sebastian Dietz, the CEO of Lithuania Defense Services (LDS), informed reporters that this hub is the sole one for these specific variations.

The company was founded by two German industrial leaders, Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), who are also responsible for producing the Leopard tank.

In October, LDS received its initial tanks and will continue to perform repairs until the end of next year as stated in the current agreement.

Dietz reported that Rheinmetall and KMW were responsible for the repairs, which are being conducted based on an agreement between the defense ministries of Germany and Ukraine.

The LDS expressed their readiness to receive any necessary number of tanks.

According to LDS managing director Aivaras Kasuba, we are unable to predict the number of units that will be harmed in battle.

According to Dietz, based on the units they have received, the tanks are able to withstand various types of damage from combat, including direct hits, mines, drone attacks, and even water.

The Leopard 2 tank was developed in anticipation of potential conflicts with the Soviet Union during the Cold War.

After nearly 25 years since the West German army received the Leopard 2, these tanks are currently in use against Russian forces in Ukraine, who continue to rely heavily on Soviet weaponry.