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KMW Set to Modernise 101 German Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tanks

KMW Set to Modernise 101 German Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tanks

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) has been awarded a contract to modernise 101 Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks.

Germany Army awards KMW with $336M contract for Leopard 2A7+ upgrades; The contract in question was signed on 28 March 2019 at the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw).

Germany Army, commonly known as Bundeswehr, awarded a $336 million contract to European main battle tank maker Krauss-Maffei Wegman (KMW) for upgrades to the Leopard 2.

According to a news release put out on 4 April, KMW has been awarded a contract to modernize 101 Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks.


It is worth more than €300 million. Among other things, the operating concept, targeting system and fire control computer as well as the chassis are being upgraded to the level of the Leopard 2 A7V.

“The contract in question was signed on 28 March 2019 at the German Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment (BAAINBw), It is worth more than €300 million. Among other things, the operating concept, targeting system and fire control computer as well as the chassis are being upgraded to the level of the Leopard 2 A7V,” said in news release.

Also, KMW added that by this step, the diversity of different models of main battle tanks being operated in the Bundeswehr will be reduced further and the logistical footprint of the systems will be simplified. Moreover, tank crews will no longer need additional training on the different Leopard variants to be able to operate the combat systems.

All 101 upgraded main battle tanks will have been delivered by 2026.

By this step, the diversity of different models of main battel tanks being operated in the Bundeswehr will be reduced further and the logistical footprint of the systems will be simplified. Moreover, tank crews will no longer need additional training on the different Leopard variants to be able to operate the systems. All 101 vehicles will have been delivered by 2026.

According to media reports in recent weeks, the Leopard 2A7V is the latest version of German-made main battle tank (MBT) in the Leopard 2 family. The new version is developed by German weapons maker Rheinmetall and KMW.



KMW LEOPARD 2 With the performance characteristics of the A7+

The Leopard 2A7 + was developed and qualified for the new tasks of the German Armed Forces. The system components, optimized to protect the crew, prove thier worth, currently being in use in Afghanistan with NATO's Partner Canada.

Amongst others its features include:
  • Passive all-round protection for the crew against threats such as roadside bombs, mines and bazooka fire
  • Interface for attaching implements, such as a mine plow, mine roller or a dozer blade for clearing mines, booby traps or building debris blocking the roads
  • Cooling system for both the turret and chassis
  • Increased power-rated additional power generators for check-point missions
  • Communication interface on the exterior of the vehicle for dismounted forces
  • Combined driver's night vision (thermal imager / image intensifier) for front and rear view
  • Improved optoelectronics (day / night) for reconnaissance over long distances
  • Digitized and multifunctional user concept


About Krauss-Maffei Wegmann

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, a member of the German-French defense technology group KNDS, leads the European market for highly protected wheeled and tracked vehicles. At locations in Germany, Brazil, Greece, Mexico, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the USA more than 4.000 employees develop, manufacture and support a product portfolio ranging from air-transportable, highly protected wheeled vehicles (MUNGO, AMPV*, DINGO, GFF4 and BOXER*) through reconnaissance, anti-aircraft and artillery systems (FENNEK, GEPARD, Remote Controlled Howitzer 155, Armoured Howitzer PzH2000, DONAR* and AGM) to main battle tanks (LEOPARD 1 and 2), infantry fighting vehicles (PUMA*) and bridgelaying systems. In addition, KMW has wide-ranging system competence in the area of civil and military simulation, as well as in command and information systems and remote-controlled weapon stations with reconnaissance and observation equipment. The armed forces of more than 50 nations worldwide rely on tactical systems by KMW.


Source: Krauss-Maffei Wegmann News- Munich / Koblenz, May 2019

Photo: Germany Army KMW Leopard 2A7. (Photo by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann)

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(20.5.2019)


 
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