BW – KPz Leopard 2A7
Kampfpanzer Leopard 2A7
The Leopard 2A7 is the latest version of the famous Leopard 2 main battle tank in the inventory of the Bundeswehr. The first vehicle was handed over on 10 December 2014 and so far only 20 vehicles have been fielded, mostly with 4th Company, 203rd Armor Battalion. As the Leopard 2A7 should be capable of operating in hot and humid regions, the decision was made to install an energy system and crew compartment cooling system to improve the operational capability and endurance of the crew. In order for the Leopard 2A7 to fire the new DM11 high-explosive (HE) round with adjustable fuse, a few modifications had to be conducted. For improved command and control (C2) on the battlefield, the Leopard 2A7 features an integrated command and weapon engagement system. Additionally, the vehicle is equipped with the SOTAS-IP intercommunication system and infantry phone box, a fire suppression system in the turret fighting compartment, a PERI R17A3 commander’s panoramic sight with third-generation thermal-imaging system as well as ultracaps in the turret and hull to optimise the onboard electrical system. Some modifications were made to the hull to attach add-on armour elements. Therefore, if necessary, the existing combat protection can be supplemented with modules to grant all-round protection against anti-armour weapons. The main armament consists of the L/55 120mm Rh 120 smoothbore gun, 7.62mm x 51 MG3A1 coaxial machine gun, 7.62mm x 51 MG3 air defense machine gun and 76mm smoke grenade discharger system with eight launchers.
|Gross Vehicle Weight:||64,500kg|
|Military Load Classification:||70|
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