France: Please, Please Buy Our Tanks.

The Middle East Newsline has this story:
France has offered its Leclerc tank to Saudi Arabia at below cost as part of a last-ditch effort to save the main battle tank project.

Industry sources said the government in Paris has decided to violate a directive to the state-owned defense industry and offer Riyad 150 Leclercs at $3.4 billion. The sources said the price was below that of the cut-rate Leclerc deal reached with the United Arab Emirates in 1993.

Why wouldn't anyone want French tanks? It could be they're bothered by the transmission. You have heard about the transmission in French tanks, right?

It's a six speed--one speed forward, five speed reverse.

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