Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Details Emerge on Leopard 2, Marder Acquisitions
Chile paid 250,000 euros for each of 60 Leopard 2 tanks it acquired from Germany in 2009, according to a story in the German magazine Der Spiegel. The list price for Leopard 2s is around 3 million euros. But Chile spent 83 million euros on upgrades and repairs for the second-hand tanks. The cost for each Marder infantry fighting vehicle was 50,000 euros, compared to nearly 400,000 euros for a brand new Marder. But these vehicles were not in good shape, Der Spiegel noted. The magazine put the number of Marders purchased at 146, slightly more than the 138 previously reported. While the story mentioned 60 Leopard 2 tanks, the total purchase was for 132 tanks.