Greek Tanks




Leopard 2A6 HEL (Hellenic)

In 1981 Greece ordered 106 Leopard 1A3 GR MBTs plus 4 armoured recovery vehicles, delivered between 1983 and 1984. Almost 170 Leopard 1V were donated by the Netherlands in 1991.

In 2003 the Greek army ordered 170 new Leopard 2A6 HEL (Hellenic), to be jointly produced by the German Krauss Maffei and the Greek ELVO firms and delivered between 2006 and 2009.

In 2005 Greece purchased 333 used tanks: 183 Leopard 2A4s and 150 Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks from Bundeswehr reserves. This raised the number of Leopard 1 tanks in Greek service to almost 350, and added Leopard 2A4 tanks to Greeceā€™s inventory. Leopard 2A4 tanks have been equipped with a 105 mm cannon for training purposes (to exploit the existing large stock of 105mm ammunition), allowing quick restoration of the original L44 120 mm cannon. Another 98 additional Leopard 1A5 tanks were delivered as an offset of the total Leopard 2 HEL procurement package.

AMX-30B2 currently in reserve, and some units sold to Cyprus.

At least 312 M-60A3 were in active service in 2009.M-60 tanks supposed to be scrapped, sold or retired, as Leopard tanks are replacing them and CFE limit restricts the total number of tanks in service. United States transferred to Greece in 1992-93 358 M60A1 and 312 M60A3 tanks. Greece has donated at least 13 M60A3 tanks to help bolster Afghan tank platoons and may increase this number to almost 50 additional tanks. At least 350 M60 tanks of the Greek Army could be donated to Iraq.

As of 2004, Greek Army tank drivers are mostly professionals, but conscripts are still trained as tank drivers, as well as in all other tank crew stations.

In 2011, the USA offered 400 used M1 Abrams tanks to Greece. As of 2013, 90-115 tanks are expected to be delivered to Greece with upgrades worth 200-400 million dollars.




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