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Leopard II Kampfpanzer

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Published on May 25, 2009

The Guardian of Europe. The Leopard 2 is a German main battle tank developed by Krauss-Maffei in the early 1970s and first entering service in 1979. The Leopard 2 replaced 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 ISAF forces.

There are two main development batches of the tank, the original models up to Leopard 2A4 which have vertically-faced turret armour, and the "improved" batch, namely the Leopard 2A5 and newer versions, which have angled arrow-shaped turret appliqué armour together with a number of other improvements. All models feature digital fire control systems with laser rangefinders, a fully stabilized main gun and coaxial machine gun, and advanced night vision and sighting equipment (first vehicles used a low-light level TV system or LLLTV; thermal imaging was introduced later on). The tank has the ability to engage moving targets while moving over rough terrain. It can drive through water 4 meters (13 ft) deep using a snorkel or 1.2 meters (3 ft 11 in) without any preparation and climb vertical obstacles over one metre high. The tank is powered with a turbo-charged multi-fuel V12 diesel engine that produces 1,500 PS (1,479 hp, 1,103 kW).

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T van B
Proud to say I was a gunner on the 2a6 ! 11tankbat b-esk
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Theo Sunde
Germany has been building the best weapons since WW-2, lets just hope they decide to use them the right way.
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911IceMike
62 tons of pure european badassery.
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Götz v. Überlingen
in militäry history, Germany built the best Tanks. No daubt. And the Leopard ist the best Tank. Together with" Panzergrenadiere"  absolutly  deadly.
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Chase Howard
Leo 2, regarded as one of the best all round MBT's....... This is no surprise though, if any one nation has stood the test of time and learned from defeat its Germany... If any one nation knows what and what not to do with tanks... its probably Germany thus far..... This is self evident in the Leo with all its 'Unique' characteristics and features in mind.
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Shapal
best tank evar! !!!
Battery9876
The Leclerc has its own advantages like better thrust to weight and an amazing suspension. It has an autoloader which saves a lot of space and weight, and gives a capability of 12 shots/min. It can shoot on the move at high speed. The gun is a 52 cal with an muzzle velocity of 1800m/sec. The tank also features advanced electronics and datalinks,  It also has a very powerful armor. The Leo 2 is a great tank but saying the Leclerc is a piece of shit is completely fucking retarded.
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Gabriel Diaz del Valle
5:03 if I were an enemy soldier I'd be like wtf is that a tank??? good camo
Tėvų Žemė
the best tank in the world! From SSSR!
Erwin Dietz
Jeder Schuss ein Russ!
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