Modernizing of the Bundeswehr’s Leopard 2 tanks


Rheinmetall will be transforming a total of 104 Leopard 2 main battle tanks, bringing them up to Leopard 2A7V standard.



Leopard 2, Rheinmetall. Photo: Strategic Bureau


     Rheinmetall will soon be modernizing part of the Bundeswehr’s fleet of Leopard main battle tanks. The group will be responsible for key parts of a combat performance upgrade programme that will bring 104 Leopard 2 main battle tanks up to Leopard 2A7V. Coupled with additional services, the modernization package is worth a total of 118 million of euros. The first serially retrofitted Leopard 2 A7V tanks will reach the Bundeswehr starting in 2020.

     Rheinmetall will be transforming a total of 68 Leopard A4, 16 Leopard 2A6 and 20 Leopard 2A7 tanks, bringing them up to A7V standard. Rheinmetall will be supplying the new L55A1 gun for the 68 Leopard 2A4 MBTs to be modernized. These tanks will therefore be able to fire the latest generation of armour-piercing ammunition in the upper pressure zone. Rheinmetall specialists will be eliminating obsolescent features in the fire control computers and control consoles as well as installing a new laser rangefinder and thermal imaging device.



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