The Leopard 2 is a main battle tank developed by Krauss-Maffei in the early 1970s for the West German Army. The tank first entered service in 1979 and succeeded the earlier Leopard 1 as the main battle tank of the German Army. Various versions have served in the armed forces of Germany and twelve other European countries, as well as several non-European nations. More than 3,480 Leopard 2s have been manufactured. The Leopard 2 first saw combat in Kosovo with the German Army and has also seen action in Afghanistan with the Danish and Canadian contributions to the International Security Assistance Force.
|Type||Main battle tank|
|Place of origin||West Germany|
|Wars||Kosovo War, War in Afghanistan|
|Unit cost||2A6: US$5.74 million (2007)|
|Weight||2A6: 62.3 tonnes (61.3 long tons; 68.7 short tons)|
|Length||2A6: 9.97 m (393 in) (gun forward)|
|Width||2A6: 3.75 m (148 in)|
|Height||2A6: 3.0 m (120 in)|
|Armour||2A6: 3rd generation composite; including high-hardness steel, tungsten and plastic filler with ceramic component.|
|1× 120 mm Rheinmetall L55 smoothbore gun (42 rounds)|
|2× 7.62 mm MG3A1 (4,750 rounds)|
|Engine||MTU MB 873 Ka-501 liquid-cooled V-12 Twin-turbo diesel engine
1,500 PS (1,479 hp, 1,103 kW) at 2,600 rpm
|Power/weight||24.1 PS/t (17.7 kW/t)|
|Transmission||Renk HSWL 354|
|Suspension||Torsion bar suspension|
|Fuel capacity||1,200 litres (264 imperial gallons; 317 US gallons)|
|550 km (340 mi) (internal fuel)|
|Speed||72 km/h (45 mph)|
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