The U.K.’s Army has temporarily suspended the sale of a $3.6 billion armored combat vehicle that the U.s. has long eyed.
The Army said Monday that it would replace the Leopard 2A1 with a “new model” armored vehicle it will make available to the Army next year.
The decision comes amid growing concern about the aging Leopard 2, which the Army has long wanted to replace, and concerns that the vehicle is out of date.
The Army had planned to sell the vehicle to the U of T in 2019, but a new contract with the company was canceled after the Army announced it would purchase the vehicle instead.
The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting next week to discuss the situation, according to a U.P.A. statement.
The Leopard 2 is one of two U. S. Army vehicles currently being used by the Army.
The other is the M113 armored personnel carrier, which is being phased out as the Army considers replacing it.