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Leopard 2 Next Generation

Main battle tank

Leopard 2 Next Generation

The Leopard 2NG main battle tank upgrade package was developed in Turkey

Entered service ?
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 65 t
Length (gun forward) ~ 9.7 m
Hull length ~ 7.7 m
Width ~ 3.7 m
Height ~ 2.5 m
Main gun 120-mm smoothbore
Machine guns 1 x 12.7-mm, 1 x 7.62-mm
Elevation range - 9 to + 20 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 42 rounds
Machine guns ?
Engine MTU MB-837 Ka501 diesel
Engine power 1 500 hp
Maximum road speed ~ 70 km/h
Range ~ 500 km
Gradient 60%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step 1.15 m
Trench 3 m
Fording 1 m
Fording (with preparation) 4 m


   The Leopard 2 Next Generation (NG) upgrade package for Leopard 2 main battle tanks was developed by Aselsan of Turkey as a private venture. It was first revealed in 2011. Sometimes it is referred as the Leopard 2T. It could meet a potential Turkish Army requirement to upgrade its fleet of over 300 ex-German Leopard 2A4 MBTs until the locally-developed Altay MBT becomes available. The Next Generation upgrade package is also proposed for other operators of the Leopard 2 main battle tanks. This tank is still used by a number of countries in large numbers. So the market for upgrades remains substantial. The Leopard 2 NG is broadly similar to the Rheinmetall Revolution MBT upgrade package, which was revealed earlier in 2010.

   The key areas of improvement in the Leopard 2NG upgrade include new fire control system, upgraded optics and improved protection. The Aselsan claims that upgraded main battle tanks are superior to the German Leopard 2A6 MBTs.

   This main battle tank has improved protection. It is fitted with add-on modular armor package. Tank also has add-on mine protection modules. Composite add-on modules are made of advanced materials, such as ceramics and light alloys in order to absorb and minimize impact. Damaged modules can be easily replaced in field conditions. Also these can be upgraded when new armor becomes available.

   Weight of the Leopard 2 Next Generation increased to 65 t, comparing with 56.6 t of the original Leopard 2A4. Although it is claimed that it retains mobility of its predecessor.

   The Leopard 2NG retains its original 120-mm / L44 smoothbore gun. This gun is loaded manually. It is compatible with all standard NATO tank munitions. A total of 42 rounds are carried for the main gun. 15 rounds are stored in the turret bustle and are ready to use, while remaining rounds are stored in the hull.

   This MBT is fitted with remote weapon station, armed with a 12.7-mm machine gun. There is also a coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun.

   This main battle tank is fitted with new Volcan computerized fire control system, which was developed by Aselsan. It includes new sights, commander's 360 periscope with hunter/killer capability, and new sensors. The same fire control system is intended to be used on the new Altay MBT which is now under development. It was already used on the Turkish upgraded Leopard 1 tanks, locally designated as the Leopard 1T. It has improved first round hit probability against static and moving targets. The Leopard 2NG is also fitted with a battlefield management system.

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

   The Leopard 2NG retains its original MTU turbocharged diesel engine, developing 1 500 hp. Cross-country performance is similar to that of the Leopard 2A4. This main battle tank can be fitted with a deep wading kit. With preparation it can ford water obstacles up to 4 m deep.


Video of the Leopard 2 Next Generation main battle tank

Leopard 2 Next Generation

Leopard 2 Next Generation

Leopard 2 Next Generation

Leopard 2 Next Generation



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