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Leopard 2 A6  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2001
Total Production: 396
Also Known As: Leopard 2 HEL and Leopard 2E
Origin: Germany
Corporations: Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Defence
Parent System: Leopard 2
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1979
Total Production: 4,262
Family Members: Leopard 2 A4, Leopard 2 A5, Leopard 2 A6M, Leopard 2 A7+ and Leopard 2 A7V
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Description: The Leopard 2 is a heavyweight Main Battle Tank (MBT) designed to replace Leopard 1 in the German Army countering the soviet-made T-72. The Leopard 2 features high mobility, protection, improved survivability over previous main battle tanks and a 120mm smoothbore gun. More than 3,000 Leopard 2 have been produced to date for 11 European nations. Due to this fact the Leopard is truly called the Euro Leopard 2.

The Leopard 2 main battle tank is the result of cooperation between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall. As the proven Leopard 1 technology follow-on, the Leopard 2 features high availability and low life cycle costs. It can operate day/night and in all-weather conditions.

The Leopard 2 modular design clears the way for rapid and easy modernization and upgrading programs. It was deployed for the first time in the 1990s during the former Yugoslavia conflict. It has not been involved in military campaigns, like the M1 Abrams and the British Challenger, but it is considered as one of the best main battle tanks currently in service.

The Leopard 2 A6 is an improved Leopard 2 A5 through the addition of a L55 120mm smoothbore gun (55 calibers long). The new gun provides superior firepower enabling the Leopard 2 A6 to destroy tanks protected with improved heavy armor and to engage targets at longer ranges. The L55 gun will also be able to employ new ammunition and to penetrate heavier armors. Germany and the Netherlands are upgrading their Leopards to the A6 configuration. Leopard 2 provided to Spain and Greece (Leopard 2 HEL) will be A6 or A6-based models.

Leopard 2 A6 Applications

Auxiliary Vessels LCM-1E

Leopard 2 A6 Specifications

Crew: 4
Height: 3 meter (118 inch)
Length: 7.70 meter (303 inch)
Main Gun Caliber: 120 millimeter
Width: 3.70 meter (146 inch)
Main Gun Max Range: 3,500 meter
Max Range: 500 kilometer (311 mile)
Power: 1,800 shp (1,343 kW)
Cross Country Speed: 12.5 mps (45 kph)
Top Speed: 20 mps (72 kph)
Combat Weight: 62,000 kilogram (136,684 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Leopard 2 A6 News

There are 8 news between
20 Mar 2003 and 22 Feb 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016Poland to Upgrade 128 Leopard 2 A4 Tanks to A6 Standard
Friday, August 15, 2014Greece Places Order for 12,000 DM 12A2, DM 63 and DM 63A1 120mm Tank Rounds
Monday, June 16, 2014Cassidian to Deliver ATTICA Sighting Systems for several NATO Leopard 2 Tanks
Friday, May 30, 2008Hellenic Leopard 2A6 HEL Main Battle Tank Enters into Service
Friday, September 14, 2007Canadian Leopard 2A6M Tanks Deploy to Afghanistan
Thursday, April 12, 2007Canada to Acquire up to 100 ex-Dutch Leopard 2 Tanks
Canada to Purchase up to 100 Leopard 2 Tanks from the Netherlands
Thursday, March 20, 2003Greece and KMW Sign Leopard 2 HEL Procurement Contract

Operators & Related Equipment

ex-Dutch tanks?
20122020 undergoing upgrades to Leopard 2A6M
200820purchased from the Netherlands
ex-Dutch Army
ex-Leopard 2 A5 converted into Leopard 2 A6. Canada borrowed 20 Leopard 2 A6/M tanks and two recovery vehicles from the German Army in 2007
2012133Leopard 2 A6
2011133Leopard 2 A6
2010133Leopard 2 A6
2009135Leopard 2 A6
2008160Leopard 2 A6
Upgraded tanks from Leopard 2 A4 standard
Spain has ordered 219 Leopard 2Es plus four training tanks

Grand Total 9667
Cannons & Gear
120mm L55x1
Defensive Weapons
DM 11
DM 12A2
DM 63
Propulsion Systems
MB 873 Ka-501x1
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