GER­MANY HANDS OVER FIRST LEOP­ARD 2A5 TANKS TO POL­ISH ARMY

SP's LandForces - - SP’S EXCLUSIVES / NEWS IN BRIEF -

The Pol­ish Army has taken de­liv­ery of the first batch of Leop­ard 2A5 main bat­tle tanks (MBTs) from Ger­many at the 34th Ar­moured Cav­alry Bri­gade base in Za­gan, Poland. Com­pris­ing 11 tanks, the batch is a part of the in­ter-gov­ern­men­tal deal signed in Novem­ber 2013, which cov­ers the de­liv­ery of 105 sur­plus Ger­man Leop­ard 2A5 tanks and 14 Leop­ard 2A4 tanks, as re­ported by Dzi­en­nik Zbro­jny. The €180m con­tract also cov­ers the trans­fer of 18 Bergepanzer 2 ar­moured re­cov­ery ve­hi­cles, 120 Mercedes DB1017A trucks, 40 U1300L Uni­mog trucks, 40 Mercedes MB250 light off-road ve­hi­cles, as well as other spe­cial com­mu­ni­ca­tion equip­ment. The tanks will be used by the 34th Ar­moured Cav­alry Bri­gade, which so far has been armed with two bat­tal­ions of PT-91 light tanks. Man­u­fac­tured by Krauss-Maf­fei Weg­mann (KMW), the Leop­ard 2 is a suc­ces­sor to the Leop­ard 1 MBT, and is de­signed to en­gage mov­ing tar­gets while mov­ing over rough ter­rain. Equipped with dig­i­tal fire-con­trol sys­tems with laser rangefind­ers, a fully sta­bilised main gun and coax­ial ma­chine gun, and ad­vanced night vi­sion and sight­ing equip­ment, var­i­ous Leop­ard 2 vari­ants are cur­rently used by the armed forces of Ger­many and other Euro­pean and non-Euro­pean na­tions.

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