Armored Warfare Wiki is a Fandom Gaming Community. Unlike the M1A2 Abrams and the T-90MS, the Leopard 2A6 is not protected by an ERA kit. The first of the 70 vehicles produced (upgraded from the Leopard 2A6s) was delivered to Bundeswehr in July 2004 with production running until 2008. Since 2011 a broadly similar upgrade program is offered by the Aselsan of Turkey. Two seventh production run Leopard 2A5s were tested with the 120mm L/55 in 1997, as a part of the KWS I program. It can be unlocked with a tier 9 Unlock Token, and unlocks a tier 10 Unlock Token, which can be used on the SPHINX, Leopard 2AX, or XM1A3. This armor maximizes the armor depth that a kinetic energy penetrator must travel through to enter the internal volume of the turret. It is a proposed upgrade package for existing MBTs. Following the successful tests of the up-gunned Leopard 2A5s, an upgrade of 225 Leopard 2A5s with the L/55 gun was approved in 2000. Reactions: Saithan, Kartal1, adenl and 1 other person. The ALL-IN-ONE BUNDLE sports 31 awesome vehicles like the T-64A Hunter, Chieftain MK6, AMX-10 RCR Bastille and XM1 FSED! Strv 122, a Swedish license-produced variant. Various versions have served in the armed forces of Germany and 12 other European countries, as well as several non-European nations, including Canada, Chile, Indonesia, Singapore, an… Several export offshoots of this tank exist along with a version with improved armor built for asymmetric warfare, which was used in Afghanistan. Pros and Cons [edit | edit source] While the vehicle does represent a significant step forward in terms of firepower, it is, for all intents and purposes, a Leopard 2A5 with a 120mm Rheinmetall L/55 smoothbore gun (replacing the older L/44) and a few additional changes to the Fire Control System. ... And also we intagrated him a era + composite armour package and his thickness are very high. The main differences from Leopard 2A6: 1) An additional armor … While not as heavily armored as other T8 MBTs, it is still capable of close fighting if needed. The Leopard 2 is a main battle tank developed by Krauss-Maffei in the 1970s for the West German Army.The tank first entered service in 1979 and succeeded the earlier Leopard 1 as the main battle tank of the German Army.It is armed with a 120 mm smoothbore cannon, and … Only the basic turret armor (LOS thickness) is being portrayed. Commander: Freja Højbjerg, to dramatically increase turret rotation speed(max 25.5%), aim time(max 20%) for better gun handling, together with additional increased passive repair speed (max 23.8%), crew(max 20%)/component(max 12.5%) toughness and crew/component damage dealt (max 18.8%); Alexander Cortez for AP users, to improve the below-average single round damage and increases overall toughness of the vehicle, who gives a 100% chance to deal max damage at colonel; Philipp Holzklau, minor improve to the aim speed (max 8.8%) and reload time (max 2.2%), drastically increases passive repair rate (max 40%). Upgrading the Spall Liner and Appliqué protection pack will largely improve the Leopard 2A6's overall survivability. To respond to these new threats and using the experience gained in Afghanistan and Iraq, KMW introduced a modified Leopard 2A6 with improved protection against mines and IEDs. Spain's Leopard 2E is based on the Leopard 2A6, and incorporates the add-on wedge armor of the Leopard 2A5 on the turret. The Leopard 2A6 also uses torsion bar suspension but has a much more powerful engine at just over 1450 hp. It is armed with a 120 mm smoothbore cannon, and is powered by a V-12 twin-turbo diesel engine. An excessively long gun can interfere in such environments – something German engineers were also aware of in World War Two, since one of the main reasons why the Panzer III 50mm L/42 was not upgraded to L/60 earlier was that, apart from being sufficient for its job, a longer gun would cause problems in cities. With medium armor, good mobility, and an accurate gun, the 2A6 is a mid-range sniper and flanker. Modular High Hardness Steel Composite with Tungsten, Plastic and Ceramic inserts. The power pack consisted of a 1500hp MTU MT 883 12-cylinder engine and a Renk HSWL 295 TM transmission. These modifications made the vehicle 400 kg heavier and 1.3 meter longer (with the gun facing forward). Nevertheless, the Leopard 2A6 is a powerful, universal vehicle and – much like its lower Tier predecessors – can be completely deadly in the right hands. It was first revealed in 2010. This vehicle was named Leopard 2A6EX and was shown to the public at numerous expos and during various events from approximately 2001 to 2005. On the downside, the rear is extremely thin, making even the upgraded armor variant very easy to penetrate from behind by pretty much anything the tank encounters. The technology available includes smoke grenade launchers, accuracy on the move, view range improvements and an APS. The MBT Revolution is a modular upgrade package to the Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks first revealed in 2010. The original Leopard 2 improvement program (KWS) included this feature in one of its stages (KWS I), but it was not quite as simple as just mounting a longer cannon. Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) designed and developed the Leopard 2A7+ next-generation main battle tank (MBT) for the German Armed Forces. # New Version now come with 50 cal Machine Gun and Function kit for FLW200! However, the plan collided with the Leopard 2A4 to Leopard 2A5 upgrade program and it was subsequently decided to upgrade 65 Leopard 2A4s directly to Leopard 2A6 while leaving 125 Leopard 2A5s in service (not in active duty, but for training purposes). Unlike the previous tiers, the Leopard 2A6 has an armor upgrade option for additional hull and roof armor plating, which is present in real life on the Swedish Strv 122. This variant, designated Leopard 2A6M, had an additional lower front and belly armor plate attached to protect the crew (Minenschutzplatte – hence the M in the designation). The history of the export variants of the Leopard 2A6 runs partially in parallel to Leopard 2A6 development. Composite boxes on the driver's side of the hull and a portion of the lower glacis, and high-hardness steel plating on the upper glacis and turret roof, increase urban survival significantly. I will drill holes, insert copper wire and shorten it just above the surface of the sheet. The maximum range increased to 4000 meters. With medium armor, good mobility, and an accurate gun, the 2A6 is a mid-range sniper and flanker. The Echoes of War Battle Path is now available! Secondary goals included an improved air intake and the reduction of emissions, making the vehicle harder to detect. The 2a4 was the first major production variant of the Leopard 2. Superior high detail add-on/conversion kit for 1/16 Leopard 2A6 tanks (Tamiya or HL), turn your Leo2A6 into Leo2A7 or LeoA7+, available at your choice. The exact thickness and construct of the laminated armor blocks are of course highly classified. It is also referred as Leopard 2A4 Evolution. Above, a Leopard 2A6 demonstrates the MBT's capability to cross a … The Leopard 2A6 is little more than an uparmored and upgunned variant of the standard 2A5, which plays very similarly. The Leopard 2A7 main battle tank was developed by German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann in cooperation with the German Army. The task instead was to cram it with as many technological improvements as possible to attract foreign buyers by showing that even a simple Leopard 2A4 could be upgraded to Leopard 2A6 level. Spain's Leopard 2E is based on the Leopard 2A6, and incorporates the add-on wedge armor of the Leopard 2A5 on the turret. Penetrator shearing can degrade KE and penetration capability by 30% or more. Quickly turn this tank with its stronger frontal armor toward the enemy can drastically reduce the chance of return fire penetration, and of course the tank can quickly turn sideway if the ammo rack is not protected by the terrain, thus improves its survivability). In 2017 Danish MoD ordered further upgrade of 44 Leopard 2A5DK tanks. Mediocre hull armor (Without the armor upgrade). It remains in use with the armor brigade alongside the Leopard 2A6 main battle tank. Heavy armor : this vehicle's armor bounces more shots and takes more hits. As the 2A6's upgrade tree emphasizes firepower, together with the later access to DM63 shells, early research should focus on this as well. Slightly reduced the thickness of a portion of upper frontal plate so that it would roughly much that of the Leopard 2AX; M1A2 Abrams. Improved the thickness of a portion of upper frontal plate so that it would roughly match that of the Leopard 2A6; Leopard 2A6. https://armoredwarfare.gamepedia.com/Leopard_2A6?oldid=22979, Modular High Hardness Steel composite with Tungsten, Plastic and Ceramic inserts. Like the Swedish Leopard 2S (Strv 122), the Leopard 2E has increased armor thickness on the … Its armor consisted of a deviation of technology sharing by the British. I'm waiting he would be same level with leopard 2a6. Different between L2A7 and L2A7+ is without the turret side armor… I am part way through building the Canadian Leopard 2A6 with Slat armor by Trumpeter. Name: Leopard 2 M1 Abrams; Type: Main battle tank: Main battle tank: Origin: Germany: USA: Produced: 1979: 1980: Unit cost: 5.74 million $ (2A6) 8.58 million $ (2012) The Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tank was, until the arrival of the modernized Leopard 2A7 in 2014, the most powerful member of the Leopard 2 family for almost 15 years. In total, the Bundeswehr therefore operated: Unfortunately, the introduction of the Leopard 2A6 coincided with one of the biggest changes in the nature of armed conflicts – the War on Terror – and the shift from classic symmetric warfare, which the Leopard 2 was built for, to asymmetric warfare, where the biggest threat to a tank (especially in urban areas) comes from RPGs, IEDs and mines. Twenty Leopard 2A6Ms were subsequently lent to Canada for its mission in Afghanistan. After 5 years out of service a new unit was established in 2015 and trained on the new system. Leopard 2A6 has reduced ammunition. By the time the Leopard 2A6 arrived in March 2001, installation of the longer Rheinmetall smoothbore variant had been considered for over a decade. The Armor Inspector feature now correctly displays the Q-Net mesh armor; Leopard 2AX. The A5 used the predecessor named MEXAS. "Chobham Armor") in the wake of the Challenger 1 Dev Blog, I thought I'd clear up some details on the composite armor in the (extremely likely) upcoming Leopard 2AX.. Class: Main Battle TankDeveloped: 1997-2000Service: 2001+Vehicles Built: 867Operators: Germany, Netherlands, Canada, Greece, Spain, FinlandUntil recently the latest variant of the Leopard 2 series, the Leopard 2A6 is essentially a Leopard 2A5 with a longer L/55 cannon, replacing the older L/44 120mm smoothbore by Rheinmetall. The substantial modifications and enhancements to the AOA package are evident. While the Leopard 2 was designed as a universal vehicle, it was clear from the start that any major action it would participate in would be in West Germany against an invading opponent. Schematics showing protection offered over surfaces of the Leopard 2A4 The Leopard 2 is a German MBT designed by Krauss-Maffei throughout the 1970s as a successor to the earlier Leopard 1 MBT. Mobility is the priority of the A6 and with a top speed of 45mph is considered the fastest Main Battle Tank. The Leopard 2A6 is little more than an uparmored and upgunned variant of the standard 2A5, which plays very similarly. Artillery in Global Operations: Now Available! The most significant changes were made to the design of the tank Leopard 2A5 (1995 — 1998 up to this level, upgraded 225 vehicles 2A4). Improved Pioneer Tool Kit (Quickly fix the tank and therefore protects it from immobilization, broken gun breach, ammo rack etc. The MBT Evolution among other things f… ), Air Induction Precleaner v2 (The frontal hull of this tank an take some hits now. Joined Sep 11, 2020 This EX Armor Package improves frontal hull thickness by around 30 percent. Mobility-wise the Leopard 2A6 is quite good, despite not having an upgraded engine available. For such reason 660mm thick armor block in Leopard-2A4 can't be describe as weak spot in compare whit soviet tanks 500-600- 680 mm thickness. Well we dont actually know but lets look at past variants to get a general idea. ... Dutch Leopard 2A6 … Why I prefer him all tank without leopard 2a6+ , m1a2 ? The only user of the Leopard 2 Marksman is the Finnish army. While not as heavily armored as other T8 MBTs, it is still capable of close fighting if needed. Artillery Returns to the Global Operations Mode, Modifications to electronic systems such as the Fire Control System, EWNA electric gun control system and the integrated diagnostic system, Minor adjustments to internal control panels, 290 Leopard 2A6s (70 of which were later converted to 2A6M), Improved armor (Strv 122 level with improved roof and hull armor), Canadian Leopard 2A6M CAN (based on positive experience with the German Leopard 2A6M in Afghanistan). The new battle tank is a further development of the Leopard 2A6 MBT and features enhanced protection and reconnaissance capabilities. It featured a new compact MTU and Renk power pack (known as the Euro Power Pack), allowing the heavier and heavier Leopard 2 variants to keep their mobility. This engine is also diesel powered but has multifuel capability. Tanks “Leopard” 2A4 (1985 — 1990, 695) appeared digital ballistic computer, the new system of PPO, the ammunition was introduced DМЗЗ shot with armor-piercing projectile with a core. Enhances accuracy while on the move by 20%. The difference is, I am using the 'Cromwell Armour' Barracuda conversion kit. Leopard 2A6 CAN in Braille (the slatty one) panorama. Until wider proliferation of the 2A7 takes place, this variant will remain the most advanced service Leopard 2 model. It is a further development of the Leopard 2A6 MBT. The original Leopard 2A1 (right) and highly modernized 2A6 (left). I believe the core armor for the up armored Leopard 2s remain the same as the original Leopard 2’s perforated type. Leaf springs and Christie coils were not up to the task with the usual heavyweights of that time, those of the 35+ tons class. ... Looks to be modular armor . This means it is vital to protect your rear armor and partially sides. Learn more about the Panhard Combat Reconnaissance Assault Buggy, better known as the CRAB, Learn about the Leopard 2AV Tier 6 German Main Battle Tank, now available in Armored Warfare, Santa is hooking us up with at least 25 ALL-IN-ONE BUNDLES to raffle amongst everyone that grabs a package from the holiday sale! The first Leopard 2A6 was delivered to the Bundeswehr on March 7 2001. The Leopard 2 is a main battle tank developed by Krauss-Maffei in the 1970s for the West German Army. It has improved armor protection and new fire control system. Thus upgraded, the Leopard 2 was re-designated to Leopard 2A6. !br. The biggest changes however happened inside the vehicle. There are a number of foreign variants as well, most of which are slightly modified compared to the standard Leopard 2A6: The Netherlands also operated a number of Leopard 2A6NLs until 2011. Between 1998 and 1999, KMW built a demonstrator vehicle based on the Leopard 2A4 (the internal KMW designation was DEMO I). The tandem LAHAT guided missiles especially do have a very high penetration value, but can be taken out by advanced ERA or APS systems, which are widely used on high tiers. The tank first entered service in 1979 and succeeded the earlier Leopard 1 as the main battle tank of the German Army. A cut-through diagram of Leopard 2A4/2A5 and T-80U/T-90 shows a direct comparison of LOS thicnkness of the turret armor. Large weakspot under the gun mantlet even after the rebalance. The Leopard 2A7 is intended for urban warfare, low intensity conflicts, as well as convention… Provides a total of five smoke deployments on an eighty second cooldown between uses. This page was last edited on 5 December 2020, at 14:42. These are referred as the Leopard 2 Next Generation. However, installing it required considerable modifications to the vehicle's engine compartment. With the armor upgrade, the upper frontal plate is no longer an easy target to shoot at head-on. It was introduced in Update 1.51 "Cold Steel".. The Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank is the principal German Main Battle Tank and, with over three thousand built over the last four decades, it is also the most common NATO MBT in Europe. The Tier 9 Leopard 2A6 is a mixture of the classic Leopard 2A6 and the Leopard 2A6EX. West Germany was not just a country with advanced infrastructure, but also with many urban and wooded areas that had to be defended. mike_golf RE:Leopard 2A6 vs M1A2 ABRAMS vol.2 8/3/2004 12:55:16 AM Hey Kozzy, all modern armor designs on current gen tanks are intended to yaw and shear the penetrator. Did some digging and found out that the Leopard 2A6 foward is making use of armour of a type designated AMAP-B, which consists of a new high hardness steel which needs 30% less thickness to offer the same protection level as ARMOX500Z high hardness armour vs KE threats. There they served with distinction with at least one case recorded in which the heavy additional plating saved the crew (with the exception of the driver) from injuries from an IED blast. CAN_TR Committed member. The Leopard 2A6, despite all weight gain (from Military Loading Class 60 to 70 tons) due to repeated armor protection upgrades, plus the new 120mm L55 gun, retains all the traditional maneuverability of this MBT series. Frontal T-72B armor is between 600 and 750mm and for 30 degree it's 600-680mm what still is the same value as 660mm LOS in Leopard-2. The FCS has been upgraded as well and the tank can fire new LKE II APFSDS rounds with tungsten penetrators (the German military does not use depleted uranium due to environmental and health concerns). The German military resisted the installation of (any) longer gun because of the environment the vehicle was expected to fight in. The crew compartment was changed for maximum protection from blasts from below. The Revolution main battle tank is better suited for urban warfare and low-intensity conflicts. High fire rate combined with high penetration makes this tank a steady damage source to some of the tougher opponents. Leopard 2A6 further development of the Leopard 2A5, fitted with a longer gun. It includes some subsystems of the Leopard 2 Peace Support Operation variant. Apart from the gun, the upgrade also included: In addition to the abovementioned changes, the new gun was also capable of firing the new 21.4kg LKE II APFSDS rounds with tungsten penetrators (the German military does not use depleted uranium due to environmental and health concerns). One of the tank's major drawbacks is the retrofit setup (one Universal slot, one Firepower slot and one Mobility slot), while other Tier 9 MBT have more suitable retrofit slot types available. Deliveries are planned to be completed in 2022. Frontal-side protection is considerably improved as well, making this vehicle quite tough unless the frontal armor is targeted from an elevated position. Upgrading to the Improved Gun Stabilizer and Improved Gun Breech, along with better ammunition, will improve firepower against enemies, while minimizing exposure to return fire. The Leopard 2A5 appeared in 1998 while, that same year, Krauss-Maffei became "Krauss-Maffei Wegmann GmbH & Co. KG". The bolt come in two sizes. The Leopard 2A6, along with the Leopard 2A7 (introduced in 2014), is currently the standard Main Battle Tank of the Bundeswehr and it remains one of the most popular western MBTs. This EX Armor Package improves frontal hull thickness by around 30 percent. The Tier 9 Leopard 2A6 is a mixture of the classic Leopard 2A6 and the Leopard 2A6EX. 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