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Leopard 2 Mid Life
Switzerland

RUAG Leopard Solutions

RUAG Leopard Solutions
Unveiled / Entered Service
2016
RUAG Leopard Solutions
Status
Tech Demonstrator
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Introduction

The RUAG Leopard Solutions was developed by Swiss Company RUAG and is offered for the export market as an upgrade package for the Leopard 2A4 Tank. The package not only improves the overall performance of the vehicle, but further extends the Leopard 2A4‘s service life for over 20 years (life cycle).

The Leopard Solutions is the re-branded Leopard 2 Mid-Life upgrade package.

Background

This had evolved from the Swiss Army Pz 87 WE Leopard 2 (Werterhaltung) upgrade program. RUAG had produced the first prototypes in 2003, which featured a new modular armor package, remote Weapon Station and improved Fire Control Systems.

The Swiss Army eventually only implemented a handful of upgrades for the Pz 87 WE. Ruag went on to further improve the package into the Leopard 2 Mid-Life, but during 2016, RUAG re-branded the package to “Leopard Solutions”.

The RUAG Leopard Solutions upgraded systems are supplied wholly by RUAG and its subsidiary companies.

Firepower

The RUAG Leopard Solutions features a digital architecture allowing the integration of a potential customers communications and C4I battlefield management systems.

The package features an improved Fire Control Systems with an improved detection of enemy targets in all-weather and night conditions for the Gunner and Commander.

The upgrade package does not feature improvements in mobility components or main gun, but a Remote Weapon Station has been added. This allows the crew to operate its secondary weapons safely from under armor.

Protection

RUAG have also added a new modular armor package with composite inserts. This is fitted across the front and sides of the hull and turret for fighting in urban areas. The side modular armor can defeat RPG-7 attacks and AP rounds at Level 6, STANAG 4569.

Operators

Switzerland

The former Leopard 2 Mid-Life upgrade package was offered for the Pz 87 WE Leopard 2 (Werterhaltung) upgrade program, but only a limited number of options from the package were selected.

United Kingdom (Failed Bid)

RUAG was one of the initial defence contractors bidding for the British Armies Challenger 2 LEP program.

Prior to the winner being announced, (RBSL and Challenger 3) RUAG had attended the DVD 2016 Defence Expo (held in the United Kingdom) with a completed Leopard Solutions turret and other technologies such as their modular armour that British Army and MoD dignitaries could inspect.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
Rheinmetall L44 – 120mm, calibre Length 44 smoothbore Elevation -9 to +20
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun, Remote Weapons Station with MG
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
3.75m+ ?
Height
2.48m
Ground Clearance
0.54m (Leopard 2A4)
Weight
62.5+ tonne combat
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Composite, Spaced, Modular
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver