German firm said to win Qatar tanks contract

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German defence firm Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) won a contract to supply more than 50 Leopard 2 tanks and about 20 PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers to Qatar, a defence source told Reuters on Thursday.

Arms exports are a sensitive issue in Germany given the country's Nazi past and the role arms makers like Krupp played in fuelling 19th and 20th century wars.

The source said KMW beat a French competitor to the contract. It did not say who that competitor was or what the contract is worth.

The tanks and howitzers are made by KMW in collaboration with German industrial group Rheinmetall.

In July, German magazine Spiegel had reported that Qatar wanted to buy up to 200 Leopard tanks with a potential value of up to 2 billion euros ($2.6bn).

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Posted by: Anon

Your principal worry should be why your government feels the need to purchase - on your behalf but not consulting you, the people of Qatar - such a disproportionate amount of heavy weapons. Insecure maybe?

Posted by: Qatari

The Foreign Legion is enough embarrassment for your country's army, if I were you I would be ashamed to talk about any other country's army when my country is hiring mercenaries and criminals to protect our land.

Posted by: Anon

Cannot imagine these being driven by Qatari's.

Posted by: procan

Anon.... the idea of Qatar defending it self is quite amusing.

Posted by: Qatari

Maybe there is a problem with your brain. I worry about you.

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