In 2017, the Norwegian parliament (Storting) decided that the Armed Forces should have new tanks. Next year, the contract can finally be signed, and the price limit is NOK 19.3 billion.
Two suppliers are competing for the tender, and the choice is between Leopard 2A7 from German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and K2 Black Panther from South Korean Hyundai Rotem.
The outgoing government has not set aside money for new tanks in the proposed state budget, but the signing of the contract is planned for 2022. The new tanks will not be delivered until 2025 at the earliest.
Until then, the Armed Forces must manage with the approximately 40-year-old Leopard 2 tanks that were bought used from the Netherlands in the early 2000s.
“The existing tanks are nearing the end of their technical and operational life. In order to maintain capacity until new tanks are delivered, procurement of critical components and spare parts will be carried out,” the proposal for next year’s defense budget states.
Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews
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