Germany is likely to cancel the sale of Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) to Saudi Arabia, because of opposition from the German Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel.
"Without agreement from the economy minister, the deal has no chance," the goverment official was quoted as saying by Bild am Sonntag.
The sale, which was touted as one of the biggest contracts for the German armaments industry, was not sent to the German Federal Security Council for approval, according to the newspaper.
However, the government did not release information about 'individual procedural stages of possible approvals for export of munitions', according to Agence France Presse.
Saudi Arabia has expressed an interest in acquiring up to 800 Leopard 2 tanks from German manufacturers Kraus-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall for an estimated €18 billion.
Germany had already postponed a decision on whether or not to move ahead with the sale in 2013, Xinhua reports.
Germany has refused to sell heavy weapons to Saudi Arabia for decades because of human rights violations in the country and fears for Israel's security.
The Leopard 2 is a successor to the Leopard 1 MBT, and is designed to engage moving targets while moving over rough terrain.
Equipped with digital fire-control systems with laser rangefinders, a fully-stabilised main gun and coaxial machine gun, and advanced night vision and sighting equipment, various Leopard 2 variants are currently operational in the German Armed Forces and other European and non-European nations.
Cassidian Optronics GmbH, a subsidiary of Airbus Defence and Space, has received an order valued at more than 40 million euros from Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG and Rheinmetall Defence Electronics GmbH, for the supply of vision equipment
The Finland Defence Forces are planning to make a significant arms purchase from the Netherlands in the beginning of next year, according to a report broadcast by MTV on Tuesday. The report said the authorities reached a deal to buy a hundred used Leopard battle tanks at a cost of about €200 million
Rheinmetall has won a $46.4 million contract to modernize 25 Fuchs/Fox armored transport vehicles in additional to the 177 trucks for the Bundeswehr
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is considering procuring German patrol boats worth $2 billion, according to reports. Although the potential sale has drawn criticism in Germany, the federal Security Council, which includes Chancellor Angela Merkel, has issued a positive response to a preliminary request for the sale by the Bremen-based Luerssen shipyard
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The German government is threatening to halt the delivery of a submarine capable of firing nuclear warheads in protest of the Israeli government's recent decision to build new homes in the Arab part of Jerusalem. Earlier this year, SPIEGEL reported that Germany's subsidized submarine sales program is linked to World War II reparations
German opposition have come out against the use of German-made Leopard 2 tanks by Turkey in its offensive against Kurdish militia in Syria's Afrin region. The criticism comes after it was reported by Turkish media that Berlin was considering providing Turkish tanks with better mine-protection gear
Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) handed over 20 LEOPARD 2 A7, the latest version of the Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT tanks), to the German Army last week. The LEOPARD 2 A7 is a product of collaboration between multiple NATO partners and KMW that began seven years ago
Lockheed Martin and Advanced Electronics Company (AEC) will establish a Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod(ATP) Expanded Repair Capability facility in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - the first Sniper support facility established outside the United States. Designed to support the Royal Saudi Air Force's (RSAF) Sniper ATPs, the Expanded Repair Capability facility will provide both affordability benefits and expedited repair times for the RSAF
Germany has agreed to deliver weapons and munitions worth a total $91 million to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq in their fight against Islamic State (IS). The weapons will be delivered in three tranches to a secure region of Iraq that has not been affected by the civil war, according to the German Defense Ministry
Boeing has won a contract for the manufacture of 24 AH-6i Little Bird light attack/reconnaissance helicopters for Saudi Arabia. The contract is valued at $234 million procurement of long-lead items, an initial spares package, and ground support equipment
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