Monday, December 5, 2022

Saudi Arabia wants to buy a Leclerc main battle tanks

According to French media reports, Saudi Arabia is exploring the possibility of buying several hundred tanks, and an interest in tanks Leclerc, which is already in service with the UAE.

This was reported by a source in the French defense industry. According to the source, this allegedly negotiated with the manufacturer of these tanks by Nexter.

Saudi Arabia is currently in service with about 600 American-made tanks (200 M1A2 Abrams and M60A3 400).


The Char Leclerc, is a main battle tank (MBT) built by GIAT, now Nexter of France. It was named in honour of General Philippe Leclerc de Hauteclocque who led the French element of the drive towards Pariswhile in command of the Free French 2nd Armoured Division (2ème DB) in World War II.

The Leclerc is in service with the French Army and the army of the United Arab Emirates. In production since 1991, the Leclerc entered French service in 1992, replacing the AMX 30 as the country’s main armoured platform. With production now complete, the French Army has a total of 406 Leclercs and the United Arab Emirates Army has 388.

AMX Leсlerc of UAE army in Yemen
AMX Leсlerc of UAE army in Yemen

In 2015 UAE sent to Yemen AMX Leсlerc main battle tanks.

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