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Battle tanks to be scrapped

The defence ministry is seeking bids for scrapping and selling the metal of 53 decommissioned AMX-30G battle tanks, it has emerged.

The tanks, built between 1971 and 1972, were acquired from Greece in the mid 1990s and were meant to cover the needs of the National Guard for three to four years.

A military source said alternative uses had been examined, including the use of the 36-tonne tank as a defensive emplacement.

However, it had been deemed impossible to repair the systems necessary – obsolete fire control system, engine — and it was eventually decided to cut them and sell the metal.

The tanks had become “dangerous for the personnel,” the source said.

The National Guard also has a number of newer AMX-30B2, procured in the 1980s.

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