The Czech Republic is planning to purchase up to 50 German-made Leopard 2A7+ super tanks.

Currently, this tank line is being evaluated as the most powerful in the West, based on general criteria. Leopard 2A7+ is the latest main battle tank of the famous Leopard 2 series, designed and manufactured by the famous German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW). This tank has strong firepower, an advanced fire control system combined with the active defense system Trophy AP developed by Israel.

Since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine, the Czech Republic has been one of the most active military donors to Ukraine. Prague did not hesitate to transfer part of the reserve of T-72M1 tanks to Kyiv, in addition to artillery, air defense systems and ammunition. To make up for the shortage of ground forces, Reuters news agency on May 18, 2022 reported that the Czech Republic is in talks with Germany to buy 50 Leopard 2A7+ tanks in the coming years.

The Leopard 2A7+ is the latest generation in the Leopard 2 family currently in service in Hungary, Denmark and Qatar. The tank was first shown to the public at the Eurosatory 2010 defense exhibition in France. According to reviews, it even completely outperforms the American M1 Abrams or the French AMX-56 Leclerc.

The Leopard 2A7 is a modular upgrade package, so other Leopard 2 tanks can be upgraded to this standard. Combat systems can be optimized depending on customer requirements. Leopard 2A7 inherits the best quintessence of Western tank manufacturing, and at the same time develops and greatly enhances the inherent capabilities of the family.

Regarding the main weapon, Leopard 2A7 retains the Rheinmetall 120mm L55 smoothbore main gun. It has better fire accuracy and longer range, comparing with the previous Leopard 2 tanks. The gun is loaded manually and is compatible with all standard NATO ammunition, as well as newly developed DM11 programmable HE rounds. A total of 42 rounds are carried inside the tank. 15 rounds are stored in the turret bustle and are ready to use. Secondary armament consists of a 12.7 mm machine gun. It is mounted in remotely controlled weapon station on top of the roof. There is also a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun.

Fitted with the Trophy Active Protection System, the Leopard 2A7+ is one of the most protected main battle tanks in the world. In fact, the tank incorporates a modular protection kit, increased mobility, improved sustainability, enhanced recce-abilities, and even more precise deployment of its various weapons. The Moldun-designed chassis allows for quick customization and replacement, making it possible for any variant of the Leopard 2 series to be upgraded to a Leopard 2A7.

This main battle tank has a front and rear thermal image system for the driver. Commander and gunner have additional cameras for long-range surveillance. Vehicle also carries advanced command and control equipment and is fitted with battlefield management system. The Leopard 2A7 is operated by a crew of four, including commander, gunner, loader and driver.

Leopard 2A7 weighs quite heavy, up to nearly 70 tons, much more than Russian tanks of the same type like T-90A, just over 45 tons, but in return it is installed with a quite powerful engine. The tank uses a 12-cylinder MB873Ka-501 engine with a maximum capacity of up to 1,500 horsepower, helping Leopard 2A7 still be able to reach a maximum speed of 72km/h, acceleration is also extremely great. Cross-country performance is similar to that of the 2A5 and 2A6 tanks. This main battle tank can be fitted with a front-mounted dozer blade for self-entrenching and clearing obstacles.

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