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Swiss Pz 87 Leopard 2 Tank
Switzerland

Pz 87 Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank

Swiss Pz 87 Leopard 2 Tank
Unveiled / Entered Service
1987
Swiss Pz 87 Leopard 2 Tank
Status
In Service
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Introduction

The Pz 87 Leopard 2 is the Swiss designation of a Swiss licence built Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tank. Pz stands for “Panzer” or rather “tank” in English and the 87 refers to the year that the first vehicles were delivered to the Swiss Army. The licence for the production of 380 vehicles was obtained in 1984. The first 35 vehicles were built-in and supplied by Germany while the rest were built-in Switzerland. Production ceased in 1993.

Background

The Pz 87 Leopard 2 differed from the Leopard 2A4 in that it uses AN/VCR 12 radio sets, has x2 7.5mm Machine Guns (coaxial and Cupola Mounted) and has additional snow grouses on the turrets side.

Another interesting addition to the vehicle is the large circular tubes mounted across the hull rear. These are actually muffler to reduce engine noise in built-up area’s.

Variants and Marks

Pz 87 140

A Pz 87 was used during the development phase of the joint KWS III project, to see if a 140mm bore calibre main gun could be installed on the Leopard 2. This would have required changes in the turret to accommodate the larger rounds and autoloader.

A single Pz 87 was fitted with a 140mm main gun, however Germany eventually went with the longer 120mm L55 smoothbore. Its visible from images that the vehicle featured mock up modular armour on the front and sides of the turret. The Pz 87 prototype was reverted back to a standard gun tank.

Pz 87 WE

The Pz 87 WE Leopard 2 (Werterhaltung) is the most modern version of the Pz 87. In 2013 the final Pz 87 WE of the 134 upgraded was delivered to the Swiss Army. Of the remaining original 380 Pz 87, a number have been sold to Canada and Germany. Others have been converted in to Combat Engineer Vehicles and others placed into storage.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
Rheinmetall L44 – 120mm, calibre Length 44 smoothbore Elevation -9 to +20
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm 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
9.66m
Length Hull
7.72m
Width
3.7m
Height
2.48m
Ground Clearance
0.54m (Leopard 2A4)
Weight
55.15 tonne combat
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Laminated, Spaced
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver