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Rusted till the Last Bolt: Europe’s Future Main Battle Tank

As the current generation of European tanks begins to age, like-for-like replacements may be unrealistic

After 2030, the current generation of ‘modern’ Western main battle tanks (MBTs) will be retired. ‘Modern’ serves as a euphemism, of course. Both the German-built Leopard 2 and British Challenger 2, though upgraded numerous times, will have been in-service for more than half a century by 2030. The French Leclerc and the Italian Ariete are relatively younger vehicles, but suffer from flaws inherent in their original designs and hence are unlikely to be of significant relevance

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