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Germany looks towards Leopard 2 replacement





Sebastian Schulte, Bonn - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
28 May 2015

Germany is looking towards the eventual successor to the Leopard 2 MBT. It remains unclear whether the successor will be an entirely new design, or an innovative update to the Leopard 2. Rheinmetall MBT Revolution Leopard 2 upgrade concept pictured. Source: Rheinmetall
The German Ministry of Defence (MoD) is to initiate concept studies for a successor to the Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) before the end of the year.

The news was announced by German Defence State Secretary Markus Grübel to Parliament, with Grübel adding that the MoD plans to conduct joint capability studies with France for the project. This bilateral element is hoped to provide some tailwind to the proposed merger between Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Nexter to FORM a new European land-systems powerhouse, prospectively known as KANT [Krauss-Maffei Wegmann And Nexter Together].

The capabilities studies are set to run between 2015 and 2018, with Germany and France reviewing technologies and concepts for the FUTURE MBT. Speaking to IHS Jane's , a source stated that the Leopard 2 successor will include technology from Germany's Puma infantry fighting vehicle (IFV). According to the MoD, the in-service time of the Leopard 2 ends around 2030.

At this time it remains unclear whether the new tank will be an entirely new design or an innovative update of the current Leopard design. That said, the fact that the German MoD refers in-house to the project as "Leopard 2Ax" is a fairly strong INDICATOR of the lie-of-the-land at the moment.

German lawmakers asked the MoD back in October 2014 to review and re-evaluate the country's MBT requirements and to plan for an eventual Leopard 2 successor.

Although western European MBT fleets have declined massively since the end of the Cold War, their value has recently been demonstrated by the Ukraine crisis. Indeed, as a consequence of the Ukraine crisis, the German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen decided in April to increase the number of active German MBTs from 225 to 328. Comparatively, West Germany used to operate 2,300 Leopard 2s.



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The Leopard 3 will be Germany-France next MBT.
 
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The Leopard 3 will be Germany-France next MBT.
The Germans did us a favor without intention.I'm glad that we didn't win the Leopard 2 deal . :-F

The future will be for the new generation of MBT such as the Russian Armata .

 
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The Leopard 2 like the Abrams is a great tank, but it is starting to show its age. The big problem with tanks is the space needed inside to stick humans. Scrape the humans and you can make the tank a heck of a lot smaller. Smaller tanks mean they do not consume as much fuel.

No major military is going to adopt this, because it is too radical of an idea. But the future in tanks is drone tanks.
 
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The Leopard is such an amazing tank and if they improve on it then they can create a real killer tank. I have played the tank game world of tanks before and the leopard is great in battle. German always leads the world with engineering and machinery.
 

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