Another customer for the used German tanks is Indonesia. Jakarta is about to receive 100 tanks by October, if the acquisition will pass the German Parliament objections. Such objections, particularly by the left parties, have aborted Berlin’s plans to sell 270 of the latest model Leopard 2 tanks to Saudi-Arabia. The Saudi deal would be for new production series, meaning billions in revenues for the german industry.
Following the opposition raised in Germany for recent arms sales initiatives, the government, backed by defense industries lobby is calling for the revision of the German arms sales policy, revisiting the ‘black list’ of countries to which German made arms should not be exported. Such a move has recently been opposed by other NATO members during the Chicago summit in May 2012.