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Belgian army withdraws Leopard 1 MBTs

18th September 2014 - 16:45 GMT | by Pieter Bastiaans in Breda


The Belgian military’s land component conducted a final live fire exercise with the Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 1 MBT on 10 September, it has emerged. 

One of the last NATO members to operate the 43t Leopard 1, Belgium purchased 334 Leopard 1A1s in the late 1960s, 132 of which were upgraded to 1A5 (BE) standards in the mid-1990s by installing a new fire control system and thermal sight. 

Being surplus to requirements after the Cold War, most of the Leopard 1s that were not upgraded were sold to Brazil. While the Belgian military officially still has an inventory of

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Pieter Bastiaans


Pieter Bastiaans

A resident from Breda, the Netherlands, Pieter Bastiaans is an independent defence correspondent and photographer …

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