June 18, 2008
The Leopard 2 is a main battle tank developed by Krauss-Maffei AG, now Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), of Munchen, Germany. The Leopard 2 is a successor to the successful Leopard 1.
The Leopard 1 was first produced in 1963 by Krauss-Maffei for the German Ministry of Defence and more than 6,000 vehicles have been exported to Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and Australia.
The successor to the Leopard 1, the Leopard 2, was first produced in 1979 and is in service with the armies of Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and Spain, with over 3,200 produced. The Finnish Army is buying 124 and the Polish Army 128 used Leopard 2A4 tanks from Germany. In August 2005, Greece placed an order for 183 used Leopard 2A4 and 150 Leopard 1A5 tanks from German Army reserves.
In November 2005, an agreement was signed for the sale of 298 German army Leopard 2A4 tanks to Turkey. Deliveries are planned from 2006 to 2007. In March 2006, Chile signed a contract for the acquisition of 140 Leopard 2A4 tanks from the German Army. The first was delivered in December 2007.
The Leopard 2A6 includes a longer L55 gun, an auxiliary engine, improved mine protection and an air-conditioning system. The German Army is upgrading 225 2A5 tanks to 2A6 configuration, the first of which was delivered in March 2001. The Royal Netherlands Army upgraded 180 of its 2A5 tanks to 2A6 configuration, the first of which entered service in February 2003. In March 2003, the Hellenic Army of Greece ordered 170 Leopard 2 HEL (a version of the 2A6EX). 30 are being assembled by KMW, the remainder by ELBO of Greece. The first locally built tank was delivered in October 2006.
Spain has ordered 219 Leopard 2E (a version of the 2A6 with greater armour protection), 16 recovery tanks (CREC) and four training vehicles. The first 30 are being built by KMW and the rest are being license-built in Spain by General Dynamics, Santa Barbara Sistemas (GDSBS). The first tank was handed over to the Spanish Army in June 2004 and deliveries should complete in 2008.
Another variant is the Leopard 2(S), which has a new command and control system and new passive armour system. 120 Leopard 2(S) have been delivered to the Swedish Army. Deliveries concluded in March 2002.
In December 2006, it was announced that Singapore is to buy 66 refurbished Leopard 2A4 tanks from the German Army, plus 30 additional tanks for spares. The tanks will enter service with the Singapore Army in 2008.
In April 2007, Canada purchased up to 100 Leopard 2 tanks from the Dutch Army and leased 20 Leopard 2A6M tanks from the German Army. KMW delivered the first of the leased 2A6M tanks, which has been upgraded with improved mine protection and slat armour, in August 2007. The tank was deployed to Afghanistan later in August 2007. The Dutch army retains a fleet of 110 2A6 tanks.
In October 2007, Portugal purchased 37 Leopard 2A6 tanks from the Dutch Army, to be delivered 2008–2009.
|LEOPARD 2A6 MAIN BATTLE TANK – SPECIFICATIONS|
|Weight||62 metric tons|
|Armament||1 x Rheinmetall 120 mm L55 smoothbore gun|
|1 x coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun|
|1 x 7.62 mm anti-aircraft machine gun|
|Maximum speed||72 km/hr|
|Maximum range||500 km|
|Powerplant||MTU MB 873 multi-fuel, 1500 hp|
|Transmission||Renk HSWL 354|
|Gunner’s sight||Rheinmetall Defence Electronics EMES 15 with thermal channel and laser rangefinder|
|Commander’s sight||Rheinmetall Defence Electronics PERI-R17A2 with thermal channel|
June 9, 2008
Puma – The ultimate AIFV
The new challenges of the global political situation have considerable impacts on future military conflicts, which in turn significantly influence the equipment of the armed forces. While weapons systems have so far been designed for durability and effectiveness in confrontations with equal opponents, future-oriented weapons systems must meet more extensive military requirements and demand new technical solutions.
The decision in favour of the new armoured infantry fighting vehicle of the German Army has opened up a new chapter in the history of army technology. With the Puma, the German Army will receive a top product of the German defence industry.
June 9, 2008
June 9, 2008
June 9, 2008
German and Austrian Forces in a Three Block War exercise.