The Swiss replied that they could only sell “demilitarized” tanks without guns. And if the parliament allows, after a long procedure
Poland wanted to receive 42 Leopard 2 tanks from Switzerland, which the Swiss have in stock.
Warsaw has asked these tanks to close the “hole” in the defense potential that arose after the transfer of 240 T-72 tanks to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. But here the Swiss Ministry of Defense has publicly refused its Polish counterparts, writes the portal Defense24.
In addition to the traditional and “dry” reason that Switzerland does not supply weapons “to the conflict zone”, Swiss officials have come up with two more enchanting “excuses” for the Poles.
The first is that in order for the Swiss Ministry of Defense to get the right to hand over its Leopard 2 to the Poles, the country’s parliament must give its permission. And this, you see, is a long and tedious bureaucratic procedure, which allegedly “does not suit Poland, which is looking for an operational replacement for the T-72 transferred to Ukraine.”
The “excuse” of the second – to transfer to Poland those 42 Leopard 2 tanks, Switzerland needs approval from the German concern Rheinmetall as the developer. But even if this agreement is reached, Switzerland will only be able to supply “demilitarized” tanks.
Guns were simply removed from them in 2010-2011, these chassis were to be used for the production of engineering equipment. And apparently, these “Leopards” Swiss are not going to “militarize” back.
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