Information from German government documents about deliveries of Leopard 2 tanks to Singapore in 2017 suggest the island nation bought a new batch of tanks for its Army. According to the register of conventional arms exports released by the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Singapore received 18 Leopard 2 main battle tanks in 2017, adding to the seven tanks the German government said it exported in 2016.
The additional delivery in 2017 brings the total number of tanks received by Singapore to more than 170. It’s unknown how many tanks were ordered or what variant was delivered. It is also unknown if this latest batch of tanks are brand new or refurbished secondhand vehicles, although the former is unlikely given the production of the Leopard 2A4 has ended.
German media report that the manufacturer Krauss-Maffei Wegmann was building Leopard 2A7s for Singapore and Qatar. Germany previously declared it exported 161 Leopard 2 tanks to Singapore between 2007 and 2012in its reports to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms database.
Singapore declared the receipt of 156 Leopard 2A4s during the same period. The 2017 delivery forms part of the $93 million worth of conventional arms exported to Singapore from Germany that year, which also included recovery vehicles, parts for tanks, various military vehicles, training and in-flight refueling aircraft, and small arms.