The modernisation of the Bundeswehr’s Leopard main battle tank fleet will be undertaken by Rheinmetall, which will implement a comprehensive array of upgrades. Coupled with additional services, the modernization package is worth a total of €118 million.
The Düsseldorf-based technology group will be responsible for key parts of a combat performance upgrade programme designed to bring 104 Leopard 2 tanks up to state-of-the-art design status.
The first serially retrofitted Leopard 2 A7V tanks will reach the Bundeswehr starting in 2020.
A total of 68 Leopard 2A4, 16 Leopard 2A6 and 20 Leopard 2A7 main battle tanks will be upgraded by Rheinmetall to bring them up to A7V standard.
Rheinmetall specialists will remove obsolescent features in the fire control computers and control consoles as well as installing a new laser rangefinder and thermal imaging device.
In addition, Rheinmetall will be supplying the new L55A1 gun for the 68 Leopard 2A4 MBTs, which will then be able to fire the latest generation of armour-piercing ammunition in the upper pressure zone.
All 104 Leopard 2A7V tanks will be capable of using Rheinmetall’s new programmable DM11 multipurpose round.