The Leopard 2 is a German main battle tank produced by the Ger...
The Leopard 2 is a German main battle tank produced by the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and since the year 2003 by Spanish company Santa Bárbara Sistemas. Developed in the early 1970s and first entering service in 1979, replacing the earlier Leopard 1 as the foremost MBT in the German Army. Its different versions have served in the armed forces of Germany and ten other European countries, as well as non-European countries. More than 3,480 Leopard 2s have been manufactured.
There are two main development batches of the tank, the original models up to Leopard 2A4 which have vertically faced turret armour, and the "improved" batch, namely Leopard 2A5 and newer, which have angled arrow-shaped turret add-on armour together with a number of other improvements. All models feature digital fire control systems with laser range-finders, fully stabilized main gun and coaxial machinegun and night vision equipment (first vehicles used a Low-Light Level TV system or LLLTV, thermal imaging was introduced later on). The tank has the ability to engage moving targets while moving over rough terrain. It can drive through water 4 meters deep using a snorkel or 1.2 meters without any preparation and climb vertical obstacles over 1 meter high. The tank is powered with a turbo-charged multi-fuel V12 diesel engine that produces 1,500 horsepower.