24 mai 2023 | International, Terrestre

Switzerland takes step towards sale of 25 Leopard 2 tanks back to Germany

The Swiss government on Wednesday backed the decommissioning of 25 advanced Leopard 2 battle tanks with a view to selling them back to Germany, a step that could allow Western countries to send more military aid to Ukraine.


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    18 octobre 2018 | International, Aérospatial

    Northrop Grumman and Airbus Finalize Agreement on “Wing of Tomorrow” Program

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  • Rheinmetall eyes do-over in new pitch of its Lynx vehicle to the US Army

    21 octobre 2020 | International, Terrestre, Sécurité

    Rheinmetall eyes do-over in new pitch of its Lynx vehicle to the US Army

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