Contracts for the acquisition of 37 Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks for the Portuguese Army were signed during a ceremony held at the Ministry of Defence in Lisbon on January 29.
The contract was signed by the State of Portugal, represented by the Director-General of Armament and Defence Equipment, Vice Admiral Carlos Alberto Viegas Filipe, and the Director-General of NAMSA (NATO Maintenance and Supply Agency), Major-General Karl-Heinz Münzne.
Separately, NAMSA signed a contract with the State of the Netherlands, represented by the Director-General of Armaments, Mr. Lex Hendrichs, for the transfer agreement.
The acquisition of these vehicles represents a substantial effort of the State of Portugal for the re-equipment and modernization of its armed forces, with the goal of ensuring the Army is modern, adequately supported, and capable of adapting to, and of operating in, the new modes of combat required in the modern world.
The new Leopard 2A6 tanks are internationally reputed, with sophisticated, high-technology equipment, third-generation armour protection, improved mobility, range and firepower compared to the M-60 tanks now in service with the Portuguese Army.
The delivery schedule calls for eight Leopard 2A6 tanks to be delivered to Portugal in 2008, and the other 29 to follow in 2009.