The German army is to bring back into service around 100 tanks sold to industry, the ministry of defence said on Saturday.
The move will bring to 328 the number of “Leopard 2” tanks the German army has at its disposal, up from 225 at present, a ministry spokesman told AFP, confirming a report in the weekly magazine Der Spiegel.
The tanks will have to be updated to integrate the latest technology, with the modernization process due to start in 2017.
The decision follows the creation of a new “spearhead” force of about 5,000 troops able to deploy anywhere within a couple of days.
The unit — agreed in September 2014 by NATO leaders stung into action by the Ukraine crisis — is due to be operational by 2016, with command centers being set up in NATO’s east European members.