Rheinmetall to supply Ukraine with over 30 Leopard 1 Systems on behalf of German Government

 20. 11. 2023      Category: Ground forces

In a significant move to support Ukraine's military capabilities, the German defense contractor Rheinmetall has been awarded a contract to supply over 30 Leopard 1 systems to Ukraine. This deal, backed by the German government, marks a crucial step in bolstering Ukraine's defense against ongoing regional conflicts.

Contract Details

The contract includes 25 main battle tanks of the Leopard 1A5 variant, five armored recovery vehicles (Bergepanzer 2), and two driver training tanks. The deal, valued in the upper-two-digit million-euro range, is a comprehensive package that encompasses training, logistics, spare parts, maintenance, and other essential support services. The delivery of these systems is scheduled for 2024.

Overhaul and Preparation

Currently, the Leopard 1 systems are undergoing extensive overhauls and preparations for deployment at Rheinmetall’s facilities in Unterlüß and Kassel. This process ensures that the tanks and support vehicles will be fully operational and meet the specific requirements of the Ukrainian armed forces upon delivery.

Rheinmetall's Ongoing Support

This contract is a continuation of Rheinmetall's ongoing support for Ukraine. Previously, the Group was tasked with supplying a total of eighty Marder infantry fighting vehicles (IFVs) to Ukraine, most of which are already operational in the country and have proven effective in combat situations. Rheinmetall has also expressed readiness to supply an additional twenty Marder IFVs upon receiving an order.

Picture: Leopard 1A5 Main Battle Tank | Rheinmetall

Future Deliveries and Support

Looking ahead to late 2023 and early 2024, Ukraine is set to receive five Caracal airmobile-capable vehicles. Furthermore, in a collaborative effort with the Dutch and Danish governments, Rheinmetall will supply Ukraine with fourteen Leopard 2A4 tanks next year. These deliveries underscore the multinational effort to support Ukraine's defense capabilities.

Beyond Vehicles

Rheinmetall's support for Ukraine extends beyond the provision of armored vehicles. The company is also aiding the Ukrainian armed forces with ammunition, drones, medical facilities, and other critical supplies. This comprehensive approach demonstrates Rheinmetall's commitment to supporting Ukraine in various aspects of military readiness and defense.


The contract for over 30 Leopard 1 systems is a testament to Rheinmetall's role as a key player in the global defense industry and its commitment to supporting Ukraine in its time of need. As tensions continue in the region, the delivery of these systems will significantly enhance the operational capabilities of the Ukrainian armed forces, contributing to a more robust defense posture. Rheinmetall's ongoing support, through both material and logistical aid, plays a pivotal role in shaping the military landscape in Eastern Europe.

 Author: Michal Fencl