Cyprus is ready to transfer Soviet tanks to Ukraine in exchange for German Leopards

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Cyprus is ready to transfer Soviet tanks to Ukraine in exchange for German Leopards

Cyprus agrees to send its Soviet-made T-80U tanks to Ukraine in exchange for German Leopards.

In the spring, the US government asked Cyprus to provide Ukraine with Soviet equipment from its stock, including T-80U tanks. Cyprus has told Germany that it agrees to deliveries, but wants to receive Leopard 2 tanks.

This is reported by Army Recognition.

Last year, the US government asked Cyprus to send Ukraine C-300 and TOR-M1 anti-aircraft missile systems, BMP-3, Mi-35 fighter jets, helicopters and T-80U tanks, which Cyprus agrees to provide Ukraine only in exchange for German Leopard 2. Official Berlin has not yet responded to such a proposal.

However, Cyprus wants these tanks to come from Greece, which has only 353 Leopard tanks in service. All of them were released in the 1980s and are now being upgraded.

In turn, Greece wants to get newer Leopard models instead of those that could theoretically go to Cyprus. Thus, Athens is striving to maintain the volume of its own arsenal against the background of aggravated relations with Turkey.

It should be noted that Cyprus has 82 T-80U tanks in service. This is an improved version of the T-80 with a modernized turret, dynamic armor “Kontakt-5”, an improved sight and an anti-tank missile system 9M119 “Svir” on board.

What is known about the T-80U tank

The T-80U tank has a 125 mm 2A46M-1 smoothbore gun with a heat-shielding sleeve that can fire from 6 to 8 rounds per minute. The tank is equipped with an automatic loading system with 28 rounds ready to fire. There are 45 shells in total in the tank. The main cannon can fire a 9M119 Refleks semi-automatic laser beam missile (NATO designation: AT-11 “Sniper”) to a maximum range of 5,000 meters. Additionally, the tank has a 7.62 mm coaxial PKT machine gun and a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun mounted on the commander's hatch.

Recall that Slovakia and the Czech Republic are ready to transfer Leopard tanks provided to them by Germany to Ukraine. As part of the so-called ring exchange, Berlin agreed to replace them in smaller numbers with refurbished Leopard 2A4s, that is, not the latest versions.

True, the Czech Republic subsequently stated that it did not plan to transfer Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, which it would receive from Germany as compensation for Soviet tanks handed over to Kyiv.

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