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  Leopard MBT
The Leopard main battle tank, is produced by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), of Munich, Germany.
The Leopard 1 was first produced in 1963 and is used by Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and Australia.
The Leopard 2 was first produced in 1979 and is used by Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden and Spain.
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  Leopard MBT   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The Leopard is the primary post- WWII German tank design, a design that has been in use as the primary main battle tank for most European countries in various versions since the early 1960s.
With the failure of that project in the late 1960s the Leopard 2 design was dusted off (the original retroactively becoming the Leopard 1), upgraded with Chobham armor, and became the main tank design for most of western Europe from the 1970s until today, often referred to as "the NATO workhorse".
The Leopard was soon being purchased by a number of NATO members including Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey, as well as by Australia.
www.serebella.com /encyclopedia/article-Leopard_MBT.html   (2352 words)

 NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Leopard tank
The Leopard (or Leopard 1) is a German designed and produced main battle tank that first entered service in 1965 and was used as the main battle tank for Germany, several other European countries, Australia, Canada, Brazil and Chile.
The Leopard 2 is a German main battle tank built by the German company Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann, developed in the early 1970s and first entering service in 1979, replacing the earlier Leopard 1 as the foremost MBT in the Bundeswehr.
The Leopard was soon being purchased from Germany by a number of NATO members and other allies including in chronological order Belgium (1968), The Netherlands (1969), Norway (1970), Italy (1971), Denmark (1976), Australia (1976), Canada (1978), Turkey (1980) and Greece (1981).
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Leopard-tank   (6054 words)

 Bambooweb: Leopard MBT
The Leopard is the primary post-WWII German tank design, a design that has been in use as the primary main battle tank for most European countries in various versions since the early 1960s.
It is notable, however, that the Leopard 2 has tended to come first in competitive evaluations, such as the one run by the Swedish, Spanish and Greek armies.
The Leopard was soon being purchased by a number of NATO members including Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey, as well as by Australia.
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 Leopard 1 Main Battle Tank (Germany)
The development of the Leopard 1 originates from the decision to formulate an operational requirement for a new main battle tank (MBT) to replace the M47 and M48 tanks supplied by the United States that were both available in quantity and relatively cheap.
The Leopard 1 was built in a total of six batches ('Lots') by Krauss-Maffei AG in Munich with a number of tanks being built by Krupp MaK in Kiel as well.
The fifth batch of Leopards was built between 1972 and 1974 and included 232 tanks with a cast steel turret with thicker armour (designated 1 A2) and 110 tanks fitted with a welded turret with spaced armour and a wedge-shaped gun mantlet (designated 1 A3).
www.historyofwar.org /articles/weapons_leopard1.html   (2073 words)

The leopard (Panthera pardus is the current scientific name; it's been reclassified since the one given in the Webster 1913 entry) is the most widespread cat of the Old World -- it's found through large portions of Asia and Africa, in habitats from desert to riverside reed beds.
Most leopards are spotted for camouflage, but the fl panther is just a dark-furred leopard, which can be born in the same litter as those with normal spots.
Leopards are endangered because their fur is valuable and because they need wild land with cover to live on.
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 Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank (Germany)
MLC 60 was accepted for the Leopard 2 as was an increase in, and the use of, multi-layered armour.
These were designated Leopard 2 A2.The fourth batch consisted of 300 vehicles and was delivered between the end of 1984 and the end of 1985, with 165 vehicles being built by Krauss-Maffei (10624 to 10788) and 135 vehicles by MaK (20510 to 20644).
The hull of the Leopard 2 incorporates a multilayered armour and is divided into three areas, the driver at the front, fighting in the centre and engine at the rear.
www.historyofwar.org /articles/weapons_leopard2.html   (2200 words)

 Leopard C1
It is based on the Leopard 1A3 which was the first to use a welded turret of spaced armour.
They choose the Leopard because it was a all around good tank, was locally developed near a Canadian base in West Germany and is was reliable.
The Leopard is also equipt with a coaxial C6 7.62 mm machine gun and a free moving machine gun.
www.geocities.com /hjamieson_ca/leopard.html   (310 words)

 Leopard 2A6 Main Battle Tank
The Leopard 2A6 main battle tank is a further development of the 2A5.
The Leopard 2A6 is armed with the Rheinmetall 120-mm L55 smoothbore gun, which is longer comparing with the L44 on the Leopard 2A5.
Leopard 2 HEL is a variant of the 2A6EX license-produced in Greece.
www.military-today.com /tanks/leopard_2a6.htm   (317 words)

 Swedish Armor - Tank
Leopard 2 improved/MBT 122 is currently the world's most modern MBT.
MBT 122 is a further development of MBT 121 and is partly manufactured in Sweden.
MBT 121 has a crew of four and armament consists of a 120 mm smooth-bore gun and two 7.52 mm machine guns.
www.haaland.info /sweden/tank   (1015 words)

 Spartanburg SC | GoUpstate.com | Spartanburg Herald-Journal
By the late 1960s the project was well over budget and the Germans withdrew from the effort, developing their Leopard 2 instead.
The same was true for the Germans, whose recently introduced Leopard 1 tanks were on the verge of becoming obsolete only a few years after being introduced.
An upgrade project for the Leopard was already underway, but it appeared this model would not be enough of an advance to be worthwhile.
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 main battle tank (Germany) - Leopard 2 - Military Database
The Leopard 2's mobility is manifested in its high power-to-weight ratio and road speed and relatively low ground pressure.
Combined with the sights, the Leopard 2 is capable of engaging targets under camouflage, in bad weather or at night.
In the second batch of Leopard 2s, 450 vehicles were delivered from March 1982 to November 1983, the crosswind velocity sensor was removed and the optical block protection over the commander's station changed in shape.
www.militaryperiscope.com /mdb-smpl/weapons/gcv/tanks/w0001000.shtml   (2343 words)

 Tamiya America Item #35242 | Leopard 2 A5 Main Battle Tank
About the Leopard 2 A5 The Leopard 2 is the main battle tank of the German Army and has the most powerful performance among modern tanks.
The Leopard 1 MBT was the first tank of a family of armoured vehicles such as: Self-Propelled-Anti-Aircraft-Gun "Gepard", Armoured Recovery Vehicle, Armoured Engineer Vehicle and Bridge Laying Vehicle.
Later, the 2A1 type Leopard 2 was equipped with an integrated thermal imager to the commander's sighting equipment; the 2A3 type featured an updated radio system; the 2A4 type featured a newly designed fire suppression system and a new shape to its armored skirting.
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 Leopard 2
The Leopard 2 is, undoubtedly, one of the most sucessfull projects of the last generation of main battle tanks, with over 3,200 units produced.
The Leopard 2 is able to ford water obstacles 1.20 m deep (wading) without any preparation, and to ford at a depth of 2.25 m (deep wading) with special preparation.
Several alternatives had to be examined, including production of additional Leopard 2, improvement of the Leopard 2, development of a new turret for the Leopard 2 with a crew of four or with a crew of three with an automatic loader, or still the development of an entirely new hull and turret.
www.defence.pk /forums/weapons-club/4497-leopard-2-a.html   (4973 words)

 Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank
Fire control system, armament, ammunition, transmission and tracks of the Leopard 2 are similar to the US M1 Abrams main battle tank, to simplify maintenance.
Armor of the Leopard 2 is similar to British Chobham.
Leopard 2A5 and Leopard 2A6 are radically improved versions.
www.military-today.com /tanks/leopard_2.htm   (310 words)

The first prototypes resembled modified Leopard 1A4s, using MBT-70 road wheels, but retained the Leo I return rollers, while the engine exhaust, located on the sides of the hull rear in the Leo I, was moved to the hull rear.
Twenty years later, the Leopard II, now in the A6 form, is still setting the standard for total MBT performance.
The A6 also has an advantage in that it is a follow-on improvement in the Leopard II series, which means that countries currently fielding older versions of the Leopard II can simply have their existing fleet upgraded to the A6 standard.
www.military.com /soldiertech/0,14632,SoldierTech_Leopard2A6,,00.html   (1453 words)

 Leopard 2 A6M / MBT 122M
The Leopard 2 is a heavyweight Main Battle Tank (MBT) designed to replace Leopard 1 in the German Army countering the soviet-made T-72.
The Leopard 2 A6 is an improved Leopard 2 A5 through the addition of a L55 120mm smoothbore gun (55 calibers long).
The Leopard 2 A6M, also known as Leo 2 A6M or MBT 122M in Sweden, is an improved of Leopard 2 A6 Main Battle Tank featuring additional mine protection for Leopard 2 crew against anti-tank mines.
www.deagel.com /Main-Battle-Tanks/Leopard-2-A6M_a000451004.aspx   (449 words)

 Leopard MBT - Army.ca
The C2 is an updated Leopard 1A5, which was developed in Germany in the 1980s.
The Leopard C2 Tank is also fitted with a gunner’s secondary fire control system and a commander’s fire control system.
The Leopard C2 tank is also fitted with two banks of four smoke grenade launchers on the turret.
army.ca /wiki/index.php/Leopard_MBT   (347 words)

 STAR OF ISRAEL: Merkava Mk 4 Main Battle Tank
This, coupled with the fact that the Merkava comes with a rear access hatch in the hull means that ammunition modules could be removed to create space to enable a Merkava to safely recover a tank crew stranded in a disabled vehicle.
In addition to the main gun, Merkavas are also armed with a 7.62mm COAX machine gun, the loader and commander each have a 7.62mm machine gun, and a.50 caliber MG is often mounted directly to the gun mantlet for use by the gunner as a light vehicle weapon.
This magazine, like the ammunition storage compartments on the Leopard II and the M1 tanks, is blast-isolated from the crew to protect them in the event of an ammunition explosion.
www.military.com /soldiertech/0,14632,Soldiertech_Merkava,,00.html   (1677 words)

 Australia's New Main Battle Tanks
The Australian Leopard AS1 MBT is a vehicle from an era when heavy armour was sacrificed for speed.
Unfortunately, in its current state, the Leopard AS1 is vulnerable to mines and hand-held anti-armoured weapons and its frame is not suited to being upgraded.
Although Malaysia is acquiring equivalent T80 MBTs, within the region questions may still arise as to why the Australian Army is acquiring a heavy armoured capability at a time when the government has just stated that 'the threat of direct military attack on Australia is less than it was in 2000'.
www.aph.gov.au /LIBRARY/pubs/rn/2003-04/04rn19.htm   (1339 words)

 International Institute for Strategic Studies - December 12th - - Straits Times - S’pore buys 66 of the heavyweights ...
The Leopard 2A4s, which are about three times heavier than the SM1 light tanks they will replace, will come from the German Army, which has been downsizing its armed forces since the end of the Cold War in the 1990s.
This means the Leopard tanks are likely to be upgraded over the years, just as nearly every other platform in the SAF’s arsenal, from tanks to warships and fighter jets.
Describing the Leopard 2A4 as an excellent choice for Singapore, Mr Christopher Foss, editor of the Jane’s Armour and Artillery reference book, said the SAF would probably follow in the tracks of the Danish Army, by adding extra armour on the turret for better protection.
www.iiss.org /index.asp?pgid=17049&fs=b   (809 words)

 Leopard 2A4 - Danish Army Vehicles Homepage
The Leopard 2 is a successor to the Leopard 1.
The eighth and final batch of 75 Leopards were produced between January 1991 and March 1992.
The Leopard 2 is in service with the armies of Austria (114), Denmark (51), Finland (124), Germany (2.125), Greece (170), the Netherlands (350), Poland (128), Switzerland (380), Sweden (120 A4 (S121) and 120 A5(S) (S 122)) and Spain (108), all figures except Danish approx.
www.armyvehicles.dk /leopard2a4.htm   (885 words)

 Leopard 1 Family - Danish Army Vehicles Homepage
The Danish Leopards were very similar to the German A3 with the exception of a periscope wipe system, and the deletion of the round close-defence weapon blanking plate on the top turret.
Additionally 110 used Leopards (100 A3 and 10 A4) were ordered from Germany in 1989 and delivered from 1992 to 1994.
All Danish Leopard 1 were fitted with a dozer attachment channels on the lower front hull from the factory, and thus can be fitted with a dozer blade from Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann.
www.armyvehicles.dk /leopard1a3.htm   (664 words)

 Norwegian Armor : Tank
The Norwegian Army bought 52 used Leopard 2A4 MBT's from the Dutch Army.
Finaly the CV9030N managed to drive where the Leopard coulnd't reach, but the belt had to be upgraded and adjusted to Norwegian conditions in order to do so.
Leopard 2 is probably the chosen tank, and The Netherlands are selling out used Leopard 2A4.
www.haaland.info /norway/tank/index.html   (590 words)

 Battle tank Leopard 1 A5 Kampfpanzer Leopard 1 A5
Battle tank Leopard 1 A5 Kampfpanzer Leopard 1 A5 The Leopard 1 was first produced in 1963 by Krauss-Maffei for the German Ministry of Defence and more than 6000 vehicles have been exported to nine NATO countries, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway and Turkey and also Australia.
In addition, the Leopard is fitted with two banks of smoke grenade dischargers on the turret to create local obscuration.
The Leopard may be "sealed-off" against nuclear contamination on the nuclear battlefield.
www.fas.org /man/dod-101/sys/land/row/leopard1.htm   (181 words)

 Middle East Newsline -
"There is interest in the Leopard by GCC militaries that are considering a new tank purchase," a KMW executive said.
In February 2007, Germany permitted the display of the Leopard-2E MBT at the International Defence Exhibition, or IDEX-2007, in the United Arab Emirates.
The Leopard-2E was the only MBT to participate in IDEX's mobility demonstration in Abu Dhabi.
menewsline.com /stories/2007/march/03_23_3.html   (174 words)

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AMX-30's were only purchased by nations that were denied Leopard 1's and in most cases have been withdrawn, even while older types continue to soldier on and be upgraded (Greece and Spain come to mind).
The chally 1 were never intended as the UK MBT but they were built and better than a chieftan and as they cheap(a lot of the cost had been prepaid by the shah) yes the FCS was poor but the engine was pretty good and the gun and armour was better than anbody else had.
Where the Leopard 1 was rapidly upgraded to A3 standard in 1970, with improved spaced armour to counter the effectivness of HEAT rounds, the AMX-30 retained its rather thin 80mm steel maximum armour (one of my sources says 50mm, an M60 has 120mm).
www.strategypage.com /militaryforums/2-12548.aspx   (4464 words)

 Portugal buys leopard MBT from netherlands - Land Forces / Army | Defence Talk Forum
Everyone else west of the old Iron Curtain except Belgium has retired old MBTs in favour of Leopard 2 or their own equivalents, and at least the Belgians have made a decision and announced it - even though in their case the decision was to give up tanks in favour of wheeled AFVs.
The reason the Portuguese army is buying those Leopard MBT, is that it wants to retain some heavy firepower in armoured terms, for possible deployments in a UN frame or Nato.
Several armies are considering replacing part or all of their MBTs with these vehicles (such as the Centauro, but also like the French AMX-10RC) which are better suited to overseas deployment than 60-ton behemoths.
www.defencetalk.com /forums/showthread.php?mode=hybrid&t=5038   (1681 words)

 German Leopard Tank Book Tanks Mbt
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