The Pz 87 WE Leopard 2 (Werterhaltung) is the most modern version of the Pz 87. The first 2 prototypes were completed in 2003 and featured new armor packages, sighting equipment and Remote Weapon Station. However the actual Pz 87 WE did not recieve the full upgrades offered by Swiss Defence Company Ruag.
Instead its Battlefield management and communications capabilities were upgraded as well as a new Commanders Independent Sight installed. There are references to a new thermal imager, but is most likely only for the CIS. All work was carried out by Ruag.
In 2013 the final Pz 87 WE of the 134 upgraded was delivered to the Swiss Army by Ruag. The Pz 87 WE early prototypes were later developed into the new Leopard 2 Mid-Life, currently marketed by Ruag.
Pz 87 WE Leopard 2 Tank Specifications
|Main Gun||Rheinmetall L44 – 120mm, calibre Length 44 smoothbore
Elevation -9 to +20
|Secondary Weapons||x1 coaxial 7.5mm MG, x1 7.5mm MG|
|Ammunition Storage||x42 120mm, x4,750 7.5mm|
|Engine||MTU Mb 873 ka 501, turbocharged 1500hp Diesel|
|Transmission||RENK HSWL 354, 4 speed forward/2 reverse|
|Top Road Speed||68 km/h|
|Fuel Capacity||1160 litres|
|Water Capability||1m (4m with Snorkel)|
|Length Gun Forward||9.67m|
||3.75m (with side front hull armor)|
|Height||2.48m (roof top)|
|Weight||55,000kg aka 55 tonne combat|
|Active Protection Systems||No|
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