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ATK Alliant Techsystems, IBD Deisenroth Engineering, Jenoptik and Rheinmetall Defence* (*) lead contractor
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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 MBT Revolution modular upgrade is a modernization kit enhancing legacy Leopard 2 A4 tanks combat capabilities focusing on new explosive reactive armor (ERA) add-ons. The MBT Revolution modernization focuses on improved armor for enhanced survivability in the modern battlefield against emerging threats. Besides, the tank is provided with a full digital turret, full coverage 360-degree situational awareness, C4I network capabilities, latest 120mm KE and HE ammo, a remote weapon control station, climate control and auxiliary power unit (APU). So far Singapore ordered 154 Leopard 2 A4 tanks upgraded to the MBT Revolution standard delivered between 2007 and 2012.
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