The Leopard 2 A6 is the most advanced version of the Leopard 2 family
battle tanks, developed by the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. The
Leopard 2 is equipped with a 120mm stabilized canon and advanced electronics.
It can drive and shoot on targets with a a high degree of accuracy. Ammunition
like the Kinetic ammunition LKE II DM53 can be used.
The leopard 2 tank is in use by the armies of: Germany, the Netherlands
(until 2011), Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Australia,
Poland, Finland, Greece and Canada.
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(standard) : 55.150 Kg
MTU-MB 873, four-cycle engine, 1,100 kW
120 mm smooth bore gun
The Leopard 2 has a MTU-MB-873 engine, developed by the German company
MTU. This 12 cylinder engine has a maximum power of 1325 kW and a koppel
of 2600 rpm.
MTU-MB-870 series engine
On April 8, 2011, the Dutch Minister of defence told the government that
all Leopard tanks will be withdrawn from operational service. This is
just one part of the budget cuts of 1 billion euro's. The tanks might
be sold to Indonesia but was halted due to protests.
On 20 january 2014, the Dutch MoD announced it will sell 100 Leopard 2
A6 tanks to Finland.
Royal Netherlands Army has 65 leopard 2 A6 tanks which are currently kept
in storage. The reserve troops had leopard 2 A4 tanks. All leopard 2 A5
in the army are updated to leopard 2 A6.
On 11-09-2001, the first Leopard 2 A6 was delivered. Due to the attacks
in the United States on this day the ceremonial delivery has been moved.
The tanks are divided over 2 mechanism brigades (13e brigade Oirschot
and 43e brigade Havelte). After the cold war the number of Dutch tanks
shrunk from about 1000 tanks to 100. In the Defencenota 2000, the Dutch
government decided to reduce 136 leopard 2 tanks. Superfluous Dutch leopard
2 tanks have been sold to Norway and Canada (100 tanks in 2008). Ammunitions
In 2001, the Dutch Army bought 16.3000 pieces LKE II (DM53) kinetic energy
ammunition grenades. The tanks can also use Mehrzweck (MZ) DM12 brisant
grenades and LKE II armor penetrate munitions. Before, they used KE armor
grenade ammunition DM33 A1. More information about the LKE II DM 52 CLICK
Update Leopard 2 A6NL
The update to Leopard 2 A6NL contains a 131
cm longer canon tube, new kinetic energy (KE) munitions, an improved ballistic
protection, and an improved fire-guided system.
A few years after the Canadian defense decided to change from tracked
tanks to wheeled armored vehicles, they purchased new tanks due to current
operations. At the moment, Canada has leased Leopard 2 tanks for usage
In 2008, Canada announced that it has bought 100 Leopard 2 A6 tanks from
the Royal Netherlands Army. 20 tanks will be updated in Germany while
the other will be updated in Canada by local industry.
On 23 december 1998 the Spanish cabinet agreed to manufacture Spanish
Leopard 2E/ER tanks with support of the German industry. SBB a National
Company in Spain is responsible for the final assembly, integration, and
tests of the tanks.
In 1998 Sweden, bought 122 leopard 2 tanks from Germany which are similar
with the German leopard 2 A6 but with improved technologies. Sweden designates
his tanks with Leopard 2 A6 STRV 122.