Ukraine, Leopard 2 tank and Abrams – that’s how much they cost

The average price is around 5 million euros

Sending tanks to Ukraine, like all the weapons delivered to Kiev so far, also has an economic cost. Notable in the case of the two tank designs promised to Volodymyr Zelensky: i Leopard 2 Germans and Americans abrams. The Leopard 2 is one of the most popular armored vehicles in the world, purchased by many countries and often at secret prices, and the specialized press estimates that the average value is around 5 million euros. The prices of the American alternative are more or less in line, oscillating between 4 and 6 million euros.

The German Leopard 2 and the American M1 Abrams are both ‘main battle tanks’ (MBT). Quite similar, however, they have some differences, in addition to the fact that the Leopards are already in Europe and therefore closer to the theater of war, where it will also be easier to send spare parts. Developed jointly during the Cold War, the two tank types are similar in armor protection, maneuverability and firepower.

One of the main differences, important from a logistical point of view, lies in consumption. The Leopard 2s consume 530 liters of diesel per 100km and have a 1500hp diesel engine. The M1 Abrams is equipped with a 1500 hp multifuel turbine engine and consumes 700 liters of fuel per 100 km. The Abrams has a speed of 68 km/h, slightly higher than the Leopard (63 km/h).