The German federal government has granted a license to export Leopard 1 main battle tanks to Ukraine.
This was confirmed by government representative Steffen Gebestreit on Friday in Berlin, without providing any details, Spiegel reports.
So far, the federal government has only announced the delivery of more modern Leopard 2 tanks from Bundeswehr warehouses to Ukraine.
According to a report in Süddeutsche Zeitung, Rheinmetall and Flensburger Fahrzeugbau Gesellschaft (FFG) want to prepare dozens of Leopard 1 tanks for export to Ukraine. However, according to the report, so far there have been problems with the procurement of ammunition.
The Leopard 1 is the first main battle tank built for the German Army after World War II. It was held from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. The 14 Leopard 2 tanks promised last week are much more modern.
Gebestreit declined to comment on further deliveries of the Leopard 1 from industrial stocks. "I don't want to say more right now, it will become more specific over the next few days and weeks."
According to information from Spiegel, German manufacturers have 29 significantly refurbished models of the Leopard 2 predecessor. Earlier, German media reported the possibility of transferring 88 Leopard 1 tanks.