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Leopard C2

Main battle tank

Leopard C2 MBT

The Leopard C2 main battle tanks are likely to remain in active service until 2015

 
 
Country of origin Canada
Entered service 2000
Crew 4 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 42.5 t
Length (gun forward) 9.5 m
Hull length 7.09 m
Width 3.37 m
Height 2.48 m
Armament
Main gun 105-mm rifled
Machine guns 2x 7.62-mm
Elevation range - 9 to + 20 degrees
Traverse range 360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun 51 rounds
Machine guns 5 500 rounds
Mobility
Engine MTU MB 838 Ca M500 diesel
Engine power 830 hp
Maximum road speed 65 km/h
Range 600 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 60%
Side slope 40%
Vertical step 1.15 m
Trench 3 m
Fording 2.25 m
Fording (with preparation) 4 m

 

   The Leopard C2 MBT is a Canadian upgrade of the German Leopard 1. Canada purchased 127 Leopard 1A3 MBTs in the late 1970s. These were locally designated as the Leopard C1. In 2000 a total of 114 C1 tanks were upgraded to the C2 standard to extend their service lives. There were plans to replace these tanks with Stryker Mobile Gun Systems, however these plans were not executed. It was planned that the C2s will remain in active service until at least 2015. Currently these Canadian tanks are nearly 40 years old and it becomes increasingly harder to maintain them.

   The upgraded Leopard C2 MBTs have increased armor protection. It is fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems as standard. Vehicles sent to Afghanistan in 2006 were fitted with MEXAS add-on heavy composite armor kits. This armor provides superior protection against RPGs and IEDs.

   The Leopard C2 main battle tank is fitted with a complete turret of the the Leopard 1A5. These turrets were purchased from German Ministry of Defense. Vehicle is armed with a fully-stabilized L7A3 105-mm rifled gun. This gun is capable of firing accurately while the tank is moving. It fires a full range of NATO 105-mm tank ammunition. This tank also uses improved ammunition for increased lethality. Vehicle has thermal sights and new computerized fire control system.

   Ammunition carried would normally consists of large proportion of armor-piercing rounds. During peacekeeping operations these tanks usually carry a mix of high explosive and squash-head rounds.

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

   The Leopard C2 tank uses the same engine as the Leopard 1. It is powered by the MTU multi-fuel diesel, developing 830 hp. Engine and transmission are mated in one block and can be replaced within 20 minutes in field conditions. Vehicle can be additionally fitted with a mine rack or dozer blade. This tank is also capable of submerged fording. The C2 can be airlifted by the C-17 or Il-76 transport aircraft.

 

Video of the Leopard C2 main battle tank

 

 
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