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What is known about the German Leopard 2 tank, which Ukraine may soon receive?

It looks like Ukraine will soon receive modern Leopard battle tanks from Germany. Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Oleksiy Makeev confirmed that Kyiv and Berlin are continuing negotiations on tanks, and Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba noted that Kyiv is counting on Germany to transfer Leopard 2 tanks and Marder infantry fighting vehicles.

Modern German battle tank - Leopard 2

The Leopard 2 is a German main battle tank, which is considered one of the best combat vehicles in the world (it shares this title with the French Leclerc tank and the American Abrams tanks). The first samples of the tank entered service with the Bundeswehr in 1979, but since then the tank has undergone a significant number of upgrades that allow it to confidently hold one of the first places in the world in terms of efficiency.

The German Leopard 2 is considered one of the most expensive tanks in the world. The combat vehicle has high reliability, survivability, and excellent firepower.

For 2022, the number of Leopard 2 combat vehicles produced has exceeded 3,500 units, more than 2,500 of which are still listed as being in service. The main operators of these combat vehicles are Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Indonesia, Norway, Canada, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Turkey - they are armed with fairly new modifications 2A4 (1987), 2A5 ( 1995), 2A6 (2001) and 2A7 / 2A7+ (2010), as well as national modification options.

The weight of tanks of these modifications is 55 - 66.5 tons, they are armed with 120-mm guns of the German concern Rheinmetall, several machine guns, have combined highly effective armor - including incredibly powerful forehead armor, especially starting from the 2A7 modification.
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