Main Armament: 120 mm Rheinmetall L55 Smoothbore Gun
Capacity: 42 rounds
Secondary Armament: 2× 7.62 mm MG3A1 (4,750 rounds)
Armor: 3rd generation composite; including high-hardness steel, tungsten and plastic filler with ceramic component.
Weight: 62.3 tonnes (68.7 short tons)
Length: 9.97 metres (393 inches) (gun forward)
Width: 3.75 m (148 in)
Height: 3.0 m (120 in)
Engine: MTU MB 873 Ka-501 liquid-cooled V-12 Twin-turbo diesel engine
Operational Range: 550 km (340 mi)
Top Speed:72 km/h (45 mph)
Crew: 4 (commander, gunner, driver, loader)
The Leopard 2 is a main battle tank designed by Krauss-Maffei in the 1970’s for the West German Heer. The tank first entered service in 1979 and succeeded the earlier Leopard 1 as the MBT of the German Army. Various versions have served in the armed forces of Germany and 12 other European countries, as well as several non-European nations. The Leopard 2 has seen action in numerous theaters, including Kosovo with the German Army and has also served in Afghanistan with the Danish and Canadian contributions to the International Security Assistance Force. More than 3,480 Leopard 2’s have been produced thus far.
There are two main development batches of the tank, the original models up to Leopard 2A4, which have vertically faced turret armor, and the “improved” batch, namely the Leopard 2A5 and newer versions, which have angled arrow-shaped turret modular armor together with other enhancements. 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 Leopard 2 also has the ability to engage moving targets whilst moving over rough terrain.
When it comes to the 1/72 scale battlefield, the Leopard 2 is best suited as a deterrence to enemy armor formations. Many vehicles are easy prey for the Leopard 2, of course the exception being other Main Battle Tank’s. Leapord 2's allow German and other NATO Infantry to carry out their respective missions with overwhelming fire support. Leopard 2's are not invincible and do have exploitable weaknesses. Attack air assets and anti-tank infantry pose the most legitimate threats to the Leopard 2 on the battlefield, and land mines are also a serious issue.
Ultimately the Leopard is the spearhead of any armor or mechanized German armor formation. Leopards are built with the sole intention of destroying the opponents tanks, and they do a very good job of doing so. When engaging enemy forces, remember that the Leopard is best utilized in a combined arms role. This means it is strongest with the support of infantry and air assets whilst defended with anti-aircraft systems. The Leopard also benefits from a sloped and angular module armor system.
Strong vs: Light Tanks, Medium Tanks, Infantry Fighting Vehicles, Armored Personnel Carriers, Artillery (Line of Sight), Non-Anti Tank Equipped Infantry
Weak vs: Attack Helicopters, Attack Aircraft, Anti-Tank Equipped Infantry, Landmines, Improvised Explosive Devices, Artillery (non-Line of Sight), Cruise Missiles