Qatar eyes 118 Leopard tanks from Germany

(Image for illustrative purposes)

(Image for illustrative purposes)

Qatar aims to buy 118 more Leopard tanks from Germany before the soccer World Cup championships in 2022 for several billion euros, a German newspaper reported on Sunday.

It also plans to buy 16 tank howitzers, Bild am Sonntag reported citing government sources in Qatar.

The equipment is made by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall. Spokesmen were not immediately available for comment in Qatar or at Krauss-Maffei or Rheinmetall.

Chancellor Angela Merkel's government approved the purchase of 62 Leopard tanks and 24 howitzers in the spring.

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

Peer Steinbrueck, Merkel's opposition Social Democrat (SPD) challenger in September's election, has attacked her government for letting arms exports surge and said he would end that if his centre-left alliance wins.

After World War Two, West German and united German governments placed tight restrictions on arms exports, especially to regions where there were armed conflicts or which had poor human rights records.

Related:
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

Posted by: onefineday

It could be to ensure the building work for the World Cup is completed on time by the workers!

Posted by: Neil

Is Qatar expecting a a land assault..? That is a lot of fire power for a small country with one border...

Posted by: procan

Getting all the expats out of Qatar could be a problem. 200,000 Qatar..... 2,ooo,ooo expats. Yea they will need tanks. Perhaps there iran brothers will help out ?

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Abandoned in Saudi desert camps, migrant workers won't leave without pay

Abandoned in Saudi desert camps, migrant workers won't leave without pay

Plight of workers has alarmed their home countries and drawn...

2
How an exodus of professional workers is reshaping Qatar

How an exodus of professional workers is reshaping Qatar

Many of the foreign workers who make up the bulk of the 2.5m...

At height of Turkish coup bid, rebel jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights

At height of Turkish coup bid, rebel jets had Erdogan's plane in their sights

Rebel F-16s harassed Erdogan's jet mid-flight as President "evaded...

Most Discussed
sponsoredTracking