Dozens of Ukrainian soldiers have completed a four-week training in Spain on how to operate the Leopard 2A4 battle tank. Six of such tanks are expected to be delivered to Ukraine by Madrid this spring.
The relevant statement was made by Reuters, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.
“Although the tanks were different, there were many systems that coincide and that has made things much easier. With that, together with the motivation that the personnel brought and their desire to learn, we see them very well prepared to resume combat,” Spanish trainer Captain Contreras told.
In his words, the Ukrainian military will be returning home “with a very acceptable knowledge” of the Leopards.
A total of 40 tank crew members and 15 mechanical specialists underwent training at a military base in the northeastern city of Zaragoza.
Last month Spain announced it was planning to send six German-made Leopard 2A4 tanks to Ukraine after they undergo repairs, a number that could increase to 10.
Other NATO countries, including Germany, Poland and Portugal, have said they would deliver a total of 48 Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.