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Ger­man suc­cess sto­ry con­tin­ues – the new LEOPARD 2 A7+

Krauss-Maf­fei Wegmann’s LEOPARD 2 has her­ald­ed the next gen­er­a­tion of main bat­tle tanks. Named LEOPARD 2 A7+ it incor­po­rates a mod­u­lar pro­tec­tion kit, increased mobil­i­ty, improved sus­tain­abil­i­ty, enhanced rec­ce-abil­i­ties and an even more pre­cise deploy­ment of its var­i­ous weapons. Fur­ther­more it has suc­cess­ful­ly been test­ed and qual­i­fied by the Ger­man Army’s author­i­ties and there­fore pur­sues the LEOPARD’s per­vi­ous and unmatched suc­cess sto­ry. The LEOPARD 2 A7+ fol­lows a mod­u­lar design and thus allows oper­a­tions in urban ter­rain as well as high inten­si­ty operations.

Source: Krauss-Maf­fei Wegmann

Next to the unmatched IED and mine pro­tec­tion the mod­u­lar pro­tec­tion con­cept allows the inte­gra­tion of an urban oper­a­tions kit that also offers a 3600 pro­tec­tion against RPG while a duel-kit retains the crew from KE- and SC-pro­jec­tiles espe­cial­ly on the frontal arc in clas­si­cal duel-situations.

Source: Krauss-Maf­fei Wegmann

Tar­get ori­ent­ed fire­pow­er
The capa­bil­i­ty to fire the new pro­gram­ma­ble 120mm HE-round enables the crew to engage tar­gets behind cov­er and with­in build­ings. Fit­ted with KMW’s remote con­trolled weapon sta­tion FLW 200, which is oper­a­ble under pro­tec­tion, the LEOAPRD 2 A7+ is assertive in both built-up and non-built-up terrain. 

Increased mobil­i­ty
The LEOPARD 2 A7+ ben­e­fits from an increased mobil­i­ty by a new­ly devel­oped final dri­ve, a new track, enhanced tor­sion bars, an improved brake-sys­tem and an adapt­able doz­er blade to clear obsta­cles for fol­low­ing vehicles. 

Enhanced sus­tain­abil­i­ty
Fur­ther­more it is equipped with a high-per­for­mance cool­ing unit and an APU (aux­il­iary pow­er unit) to accom­plish a 24-hour bat­tle day. The redesigned oper­a­tional con­cept allows the crew to uti­lize the new capa­bil­i­ties efficiently. 

Enhanced recon­nais­sance and sit­u­a­tion­al aware­ness
The com­man­der and gun­ner ben­e­fit from the 3rd gen­er­a­tion ATTICA™ ther­mal sight, near field sur­veil­lance at day and night as well as day and night cam­eras for the driver. 

LEOPARD 2 – a world­wide suc­cess sto­ry
The LEOPARD 2 sets stan­dards world­wide as a bat­tle tank. No oth­er west­ern bat­tle tank is in use with so many armies around the world. And it makes no dif­fer­ence to the LEOPARD 2 whether it is deployed in Scan­di­navia, in the Alps or in Afghanistan.

For exam­ple, the Cana­di­an Army uses the LEOPARD 2A6M in Afghanistan. This ver­sion cor­re­sponds to the A6 ver­sion, but it also has enhanced pro­tec­tion against mines and boo­by traps. The fact that this pro­tec­tion is extreme­ly effec­tive was demon­strat­ed in Novem­ber 2007. 

Tal­iban fight­ers car­ried out an attack on a Cana­di­an LEOPARD 2A6M-CAN with a large boo­by trap. 

Tank dam­aged – crew alive
The tank was indeed dam­aged, but the entire crew sur­vived the attack. Fol­low­ing a repair the LEOPARD 2 is now back in use once again. Krauss-Maf­fei Weg­mann (KMW) has already deliv­ered over 3,500 LEOPARD 2 bat­tle tanks. The ori­gins of the bat­tle tank go back to the 1960’s. In those days the strate­gists assumed that in the event of a clash between NATO and the War­saw Pact, there could be major tank bat­tles on Ger­man soil.

Source: Krauss-Maf­fei Wegmann

So the Ger­man Army need­ed an extreme­ly well pro­tect­ed bat­tle tank, which was supe­ri­or to the mod­els intro­duced in the East­ern Block and could be deployed in con­junc­tion with oth­er vehi­cles. The first pro­to­types of the LEOPARD 2 were devel­oped by 1972. In 1977 KMW, then still Krauss-Maf­fei, was com­mis­sioned as the gen­er­al con­trac­tor to sup­ply 1,800 LEOPARD 2 bat­tle tanks. In the fol­low­ing 13 years 2,125 LEOPARD 2 tanks were pro­duced for Ger­many and the Nether­lands at KMW and MaK/Rheinmetall, and deliv­ered by Krauss-Maf­fei Weg­mann as the gen­er­al con­trac­tor. A large pro­por­tion of them have now been mod­ernised up to the A5 and A6 ver­sions. The var­i­ous ver­sion names in them­selves are an indi­ca­tion that the LEOPARD 2, with its mod­u­lar design, has been devel­oped and improved again and again over time.

The out­stand­ing fight­ing pow­er of the LEOPARD 2 not only impressed the Ger­man Army, but also the armies of oth­er coun­tries from right the out­set. The Nether­lands decid­ed to buy the LEOPARD 2 as the bat­tle tank for the Konin­klijke Land­macht on 2 March 1979. KMW deliv­ered 445 vehi­cles in the NL ver­sion to our Euro­pean neigh­bours, who like those with the Ger­man Army have now been upgrad­ed by KMW in terms their com­bat val­ue, to A6 sta­tus. Along with Ger­many, the Nether­lands, Switzer­land, Aus­tria, Swe­den and Den­mark, the armies of Fin­land and Nor­way, Spain, Por­tu­gal, Greece, Turkey and Poland also rely on the LEOPARD 2. The bat­tle tank is used by a total of six­teen armies. The LEOPARD 2 is the Euro­pean bat­tle tank. Out­side of Europe, in addi­tion to Cana­da and the city-state of Sin­ga­pore, the Chilean army has also gone for the LEOPARD 2 since the autumn of 2007. 

Krauss-Maf­fei Wegmann

Christoph Müller, Head of
Strat­e­gy & Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions
Tel: +49/89/8140.4675
Fax: +49/89/8140.4977


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