Wow. A couple of responses to the article point to...Brazilian LeopardsKrauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) announced today that it had handed over the first of 220 Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks to the Brazilian army yesterday at the company's site in Kassel, Germany. The tanks come from the reserve stocks of the German army, where they have been since they were decommissioned in 2003, and were bought by Brazil under an agreement with the German government.
- It being couple idiotic for the Brazilians to make this move because of the lack of an opposition with heavy armor and the natural defense caused by the Amazon Jungle...and...
- It being possible to use these vehicles for internal security for the upcoming Olympics...
- It gets their heavy industry back into the armor game.
- It will provide additional firepower for the internal security mission.
- It will provide an armored force to backup the countries aspirations to be a player on the international stage.
In short it makes sense for Brazil to acquire these vehicles. Although why they didn't go for the Leopard 2's that have been flooding the market is beyond me! I mean hell...even Singapore got some Leo 2's!