Pz 87 WE Leopard 2

Pz 87 WE Leopard 2

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

Firepower
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
Mobility
Engine MTU Mb 873 ka 501, turbocharged 1500hp Diesel
Transmission RENK HSWL 354, 4 speed forward/2 reverse
Top Road Speed 68 km/h
Road Range 550km
Fuel Capacity 1160 litres
Vertical Obstacle 1.1m
Water Capability 1m (4m with Snorkel)
Trench Crossing 3m
Gradient 60%
Side Slope 30%
Dimensions
Length Gun Forward 9.67m
Length Hull 7.72m
Width
3.75m (with side front hull armor)
Height 2.48m (roof top)
Ground Clearance 0.54m
Weight 55,000kg aka 55 tonne combat
Protection
NBC Protected Yes
Armor Type Steel/Tungsten/Modular/
Active Protection Systems No
Crew
Commander Yes
Gunner Yes
Loader Yes
Driver Yes
Additional Crew
Troops Carried N/A

See Also:

Main Leopard 2 Tank Directory

Pz 87 Leopard 2 Page

References:

http://www.ruag.com/defence/land-systems/heavy-weapon-systems/

http://www.ogpanzer.ch/single-post/2015/03/14/Bestandesaufnahme-Panzer-87-Leopard

http://armstrade.sipri.org/armstrade/page/trade_register.php

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