Leopard 2/2A5


Leopard 2/2A5

Leopard 2/2A5 (Concord 7501 — Mini Color Series)
By Walter Bohm

Publisher: Concord Publication 2004 50 Pages
ISBN: 9623616376
PDF 11 MB

Leopard 2 battle tanks form the backbone of NATO\’s armored units. Mobility, firepower and armor protection ore balanced Together lo the optimum in this weapons system, and it shows in their records of high reliability and operating safety. Because of Ihe outstanding results achieved by the tank\’s powerful 120mm gun. the Leopard 2 teams have won foremost recognition in many of NATO\’s international competitions, such as the Canadian Army Trophy (CAT). The Leopard 2 weapons system has now been in use for 15 years In the tank and tank reconnaissance units of the German Army, as well as among other NATO partners.
The development of the Leopard 2 wos initiated in 1969 with the end of the governmental agreement between the Federal Republic of Germany and the USA on the joint \’Battle Tank 70\’ project. The developmental aims, which were set very high at that time, could not be realized because of the costs, which had exceeded DM 830 million The increasing financial requirements forced the joint German/American \»Tank 70/Main Battle Tank 70\’ project lo be abandoned. Both countries now concentrated their efforts on the development of their own national projects. The USA built the XM-1 and Germany concenlrated on the further development of the Leopard 1




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