Ukraine has already received about twenty main battle tanks of Moroccan origin, which are being modernized in the Czech Republic with American and Dutch funds. In the middle of last month it appeared that part of the order for the modernization of at least 120 tanks T-72in which the company checks excalibur army Kyiv is working to send, they are originally from Morocco, as raised then infodefense.com,
Exclusive Portal for Defense Information from the Middle East and North Africa Maina Raksha It is now reported that about twenty of these tanks have been sent to the battlefield in the past week. These are the units that were visible during the visit of the Czech Prime Minister, peter fialaExcalibur was done at Army facilities two weeks ago.
The outlet states that Morocco’s decision to transfer arms to Ukraine was made under great pressure (the information speaks of “almost coercion”) during a meeting of allies that the United States organized in its rammstein military baseIn Germany, at the end of April last year.
Morocco acquired a fleet of 136 tanks from Belarus twenty years ago T 72Bplus a dozen remote versions T-72BK and spare parts.
With this supply operation to Ukraine, Morocco has become the first African country to provide this type of aid to Ukraine. And if the original 120 tanks were his, he would also have become the second largest supplier of main battle tanks to Ukraine since the start of the war with the help of the United States and the Netherlands. Poland will continue to lead with more than 260 units of this model, which began to be delivered to Kyiv last April. The Czech Republic has also committed to send 35 units in an operation agreed with Germany to replenish its fleet with other German tanks and armored vehicles, in addition to an unknown number of this model acquired from Bulgaria for this purpose. . Macedonia for its part has supplied eight more variants T 72A, as happened this summer. In addition, Slovenia has committed 28 tanks with the help of Germany. M-55Sin exchange for 45 trucks male 8×8 of German origin, in an operation similar to that of the Czech Republic.
they all add up T-72 that the Czech Republic is sending modernization with US and Dutch money and the origin of which has not been fully explained. Commercial Director of Excalibur Army, Richard Kubena, last month managed to specify that the development of these tanks for shipment to Ukraine is now being paid for by the United States and the Netherlands for a total of 2,200 million crowns, which in turn is more than 90 million euros. Kubena revealed that a total of 90 units are expected to be delivered throughout this year, plus another 30 as an option. The objective set pointed to the delivery of 18 units before the end of December, which coincides with an already completed supply of some twenty units originating in Morocco, to which the local media referenced above.
In addition to Soviet-origin tanks, Kyiv also has a supply of 14 Western-built main battle tanks committed by the United Kingdom of the model. Challenger 2″, and now it is waiting for Germany to lift the veto that it still holds on the supply of tanks panther 2, both from their own arsenals and from third parties, primarily Poland and Finland, are interested in providing units of this model from their inventory. It’s a measure German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has already taken, as reported by local weekly mirrorAnd that the United States plans to repeat with the supply of tanks. AbramsAs Scholz requested both countries to commit to this operation.