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Leopard 2A5



 

Main Battle Tank

Leopard 2A5


Crew4Dimensions and weightTotal weight in combat order 62.5 t Overall length 9668 mm Chassis length 7722 mmOverall width 3740 mm Overall height 2480 mmArmamentMain gun 120-mm smoothbore gun Rh-M-120 L44Barrels length 46.7 caliberMachine guns2 x 7.62-mmTraverse range 360 degrees Combat loadMain gun42 roundsMachine gun4750 cartridgesMobilityEngine power 1500 h.p.Maximum road speed 72 km/h Autonomy on roads 500 km ManeuverabilitySlope 30 Vertical step 1.15 mDitch 3 mFord with preparation4 - 5 m

 

 


 

   

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In the second part of the 80-ties in West Germany intensive work to create new main battle tank "Panzerkampfwagen-2000" (also known as Leopard 3) which had to change main battle tank Leopard 1 in Bundesver armed forces. In 90-ties changed political situation caused the end of this project in 1996. However new technologies intended to use in "Panzerkampfwagen-2000" project were used to modernize existing German tanks Leopard 2.
There were three modernization programs known as KWS I, KWS II and KWS III. The first programs main objective was to instal more      modern 120-mm gun and to develop modernized projectiles for new barrel. II - control systems deep modernization and additional armor. III - was researching ability to use 140-mm main gun.
Later KWS II was used in Leopard 2A5 and KWS I in Leopard 2A6 EX.
The biggest part of modernization work was done by "Krauss-Maffei" company. In 1990 it presented test tank TVM-2 which became etalon for Leopard 2A5 modification after some years of polygon and armed forces tests.
Leopards 2A5 main difference is solidly increased armored defense. Turret frontal part is covered by wedge shaped module additional armor. Modules have built-in dynamic armor elements which can be changed in field conditions. Increased turrets weight made necessary to change electro hydraulic turrets rotation mechanism into more powerful and reliable electrical mechanism. The biggest developers merit is that increased tank's weight doesn't affected somehow on mobility. These both improvements solidly increased tanks combat vitality in the battlefield. Drivers equipment was increased by installed electronic view systems allowing to change direction on the move without amount of speed. Changed transmission.
Increased tanks fire power. Appeared ability to use tank against low flying air targets by main gun fitted with special projectiles.
"Krupp-Atlas-Electronic" company modernized fire control systems. Tanks commander got panoramic sight with integrated thermo vision system which results are shown on special indicator. This im     provement allowed commander personally to observe battlefield at night. Commander also got Global Positioning System (GPS) devise. Gunners combined sight has laser rangefinder with modernized processor preventing appearance of second false echo signal.
Modernized Leopard 2A5 is one of the most modern tanks comparing mobility, fire power and defense. However it's weight in 62 t makes it hard to transport and maintain.
Initially Bundesver armed forces decided to modernize all 2125 Leopard 2 main battle tanks to Leopard 2A5 standard but in case of financial problems this number was decreased till 669 main battle tanks. Till 1998 Bundesver got 225 modernized Leopards 2A5.
Germany was followed by other countries which had Leopards 2 in their armed forces. Spain was planning to built under license 250 new Leopards 2A5 till year 2003 by Santa Barbara. Tanks are also built in Sweden under license under indexation Strv-122.
The latest modernization on Leopard 2 main battle tank became Leopard 2A6 EX.

 

 


   


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