A weekend report said that Saudi Arabia was planning to purchase between 600 and 800 Leopard tanks from Germany. If correct, that number of tanks would double the amount the Saudis now have.
The report appeared in the German newspaper Bild Zeitung. The German government refused to respond to queries. According to the report, the Chancellor's Office, the Foreign Ministry and the Defense Ministry all oppose the sale, while the Finance Ministry approves it.