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Leopard 2A6

Main battle tank

Leopard 2A6 MBT

The Leopard 2A6 is currently one of the best main battle tanks in the world



Entered service 2001
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 62 t
Length (gun forward) 10.97 m
Hull length 7.7 m
Width 3.7 m
Height 3 m
Armament
Main gun 120-mm smoothbore
Machine guns 2 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range - 9 to + 20 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 42 rounds
Machine guns 4 750 x 7.62-mm
Mobility
Engine MTU MB-837 Ka501 diesel
Engine power 1 500 hp
Maximum road speed 68 km/h
Range 500 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1.15 m
Trench 3 m
Fording 1 m
Fording (with preparation) 4 m

 

   The Leopard 2A6 main battle tank is a further development of the 2A5. It was greatly improved over it's predecessor and currently it is one of the best main battle tanks in the world. The Leopard 2A6 outperforms the M1A2 Abrams, Challenger 2 and Leclerc in terms of protection, firepower and mobility. The Leopard 2A6 and it's variants are currently in service with Germany, Canada, Greece, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.

   Armor protection was improved. The Leopard 2A6 is protected by composite armor of new generation and has external modular armor. Furthermore add-on armor, including explosive reactive armor blocks can be fitted. Interior of the tank is lined to prevent spalling.

   The Leopard 2A6 tank is armed with the Rheinmetall 120-mm L55 smoothbore gun, which is longer version of the L44, used on the Leopard 2A5. It has better fire accuracy and longer range, comparing with the 2A5 tank. It is worth mentioning that the L55 gun can be fitted on any Leopard 2 MBT without any significant changes. This gun is loaded manually and is compatible with standard NATO ammunition. The longer barrel allows ammunition to attain higher velocities. A total of 42 rounds are carried and 15 of them are ready to use, while the rest are stored in front of the hull.

   The Leopard 2A6 has a hunter-killer capability. Many other contemporary tanks lack this capability.

   Secondary armament consists of two 7.62-mm machine guns. One of them is coaxially mounted with the main gun, while the other one is positioned on top of the roof.

   Vehicle has a crew of four, including commander, gunner, loader and driver.

   The Leopard 2A 6 retains the engine of it's predecessor. This combat vehicle is powered by an MTU MB-837 Ka501 turbocharged diesel, developing 1 500 horsepower. Cross-country performance is similar to that of the 2A5. Vehicle is fitted with an auxiliary power unit, which powers all systems, when the main engine is turned off. The Leopard 2A6 can be fitted with a deep wading kit.

 

Variants

 

   Leopard 2A6E has greater armor protection. It was jointly developed by Germany and Spain. This variant is in service with the Spanish Army;

   Leopard 2 HEL is a variant of the 2A6EX license-produced in Greece. Greek Army ordered 170 of these main battle tanks;

   Leopard 2A6M features additional protection against land mines and has a number of other enhancements for improved survivability. This variant is in service with the Canadian Army;

   Leopard 2A7 a proposed upgrade package for existing MBTs, which includes additional armor, additional cameras for long-range surveillance, advanced command and control equipment and some other improvements. Bundeswehr plans to upgrade about 50 - 150 Leopard tanks to the 2A7 standard.

 

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