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Leopard 2A5DK Tank
Denmark

Leopard 2A5DK Main Battle Tank

Leopard 2A5DK Tank
Unveiled / Entered Service
2002
Leopard 2A5DK Tank
Status
Retired
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Introduction

The Leopard 2A5DK Tank is the former Main Battle Tank of the Danish Army. Entering service in 2002, it was fitted with the full modular MEXAS armour kit.

This gave the Leopard 2A5DK (and Swedish Strv 122)  better protection than the standard Leopard 2A5 & A6 tanks in both German/Dutch Army service (or those surplus sold to other countries).

It was deployed with Danish Forces during the War in Afghanistan and fitted with the additional mine armour upgrade of the Leopard 2A6M.

From 2020 KMW has been physical upgrading and refurbishing 44 2A5DK to the Leopard 2A7DK standard. The last upgraded vehicle was handed over to the Danish Army in September 2023, whilst the remaining vehicles have/are being converted to specialist variants.

Background

Denmark had operated the Leopard 1A3 since 1976 and later upgraded them to the Leopard 1A5 standard with Danish equipment modifications (Leopard 1A5DK). These tanks were deployed as part of SFOR and successfully engaged hostile Bosnian Serb forces, namely a T-55 Tank.

In 1997, the Danish Army purchased 51 surplus Leopard 2A4 Tanks from German Army reserves. In June 2000, the Danish Army commissioned the original manufacturer KMW, to reconditioned all 51 tanks and upgrade them to the Leopard 2A5, complete with the full KWS II armour package.

Deliveries to the Danish Army started in 2002 and were completed in 2005. In 2007 Denmark deployed 3 Leopard 2A5DK Tanks to Afghanistan to support ISAF troops in the South of the country, scoring a number of successful engagements with the Taliban.

In 2008, the driver of a Leopard 2A5DK was lost after the his vehicle was hit by an IED. This loss resulted in the Leopard 2A5DK being fitted with the mine resistant add-on belly armour of the Mine protection package of the Leopard 2A6M (also used on the Leopard 2A6M CAN, also deployed with ISAF).

Other modifications were made to the vehicle included Saab Barracuda camouflage mats, which  serve to reduce solar loading by 50 percent.

The Leopard 2A5 Tank resulted from upgrades developed during the KWS II program. The German Army Leopard 2A5 did not receive all the available KWS upgrades, which were later featured on the Leopard 2A6EX export tank.

The Leopard 2A5DK has additional upgrades featured on the Leopard 2A6EX, namely the added frontal hull armour module (upper glacis & partially lower) and the Auxiliary Power Unit. This is located in the rear of the hull, right side of the engine, resulting in a new box-shaped couture.

The vehicle is fitted with an Air-Conditioning system, with the main cooling unit added to the rear of the turret resulting in a modified shape. The rear storage bin is new and has racks for carrying spare rubber pads and  snow grouses for the tracks.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
Rheinmetall L44 – 120mm, calibre Length 44 smoothbore Elevation -9 to +20
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun, Loaders 7.62.mm Machine Gun
Ammunition Storage
x42 120mm, x4,750 7.62mm
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%
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
59.5 tonne combat
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Composite, Modular
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver