The Greek Army’s plans to acquire 12g mm tank ammunition from Dutch army stocks were approved by the Greek Government Council on Foreign and Defence Affairs in mid-April.
The Greek Army will acquire 4,200 DM53A1 (APFSDS-T) combat rounds and 2,000 M865 (TPCSDS-T} training rounds for EUR14 ,o million (USD18.4 million). The ammunition will be delivered by mid-year.
Meanwhile, by the end of April the Greek Army expects to receive, free of charge from US stocks, 3,000 M830 (HEAT-MP-7) combat rounds. Upon delivery of the US and Dutch ammunition the Greek Army will finally withdraw 105 mm-armed M60A1 RISE/M60A3 TTS main battle tanks (M8Ts) from its eight tank battalions, which have been kept in service alongside Greece’s Leopard 2A4 and Leopard 2 HEL MBTs because the latter did not have sufficient stocks of 120 mm rounds.