The Leopard 2A8 represents the newest modernized variant in the Leopard 2 family of main battle tanks from Germany.

The conflict in Ukraine is prompting European countries to actively upgrade their armed forces. For the first time since 1992, the German army will most likely receive a brand new main battle tank. According to Bulgarianmilitary, Berlin is preparing an order for Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, includes the replacement of 18 Leopard 2A6 tanks donated to Ukraine. It seems Berlin will prioritize ordering the latest upgrade of its famous Leopard – the Leopard 2A8.

According to armyrecognition, the Czech Republic is also discussing the purchase of 70 Leopard 2A8 tanks with Germany. The new tank combines the best features of the previous Leopard 2A4, 2A5, 2A6 and 2A7 versions, which have been field tested and are technologically leading. Leopard 2A8 is considered to be one of the best versions available on the global market. Should the Czech army decide to procure these tanks along with Germany, it would represent a significant advancement over current ground equipment.

The Leopard 2A8 represents the newest modernized variant in the Leopard 2 family of main battle tanks from Germany. This tank is equipped with a cutting-edge armor protection system, believed to incorporate multi-layered armor from the newest generation. The construction involves an amalgamation of steel, tungsten, composite filler, and ceramic components. Moreover, it includes an add-on passive armor kit. Improvements have been made to enhance mine protection and bolster the defense of the turret roof. The tank is outfitted with a variant of the Israeli Trophy active protection system, also known as the EuroTrophy.

The main weapon of Leopard 2A8 will inherit from its predecessors, which is a Rheinmetall 120 mm/L55 smoothbore gun loaded manually, compatible with all standard NATO 120 mm tank ammunition. The gun also compatible with DM11 programmable HE rounds, which enable to engage targets behind cover and within buildings, but are also effective against armored vehicles. Information about the secondary armament has not been disclosed, but it is believed that the Leopard 2A8 will use a coaxial 7.62 mm machine gun and a remotely-controlled weapon station with a 12.7 mm machine gun.

The fire control system on Leopard 2A8 is also much improved compared to the previous version. There’s a new situational awareness system that provides 360-degree views from inside the hull. The battlefield management system has also been improved. The tank is operated by a crew of 4, including commander, gunner, loader and driver.

The Leopard 2A8 is also said to be equipped with a new engine, up to 1,600 hp compared to 1,500 hp on previous generations. The tank can reach a maximum speed of 70 km/h, and has a range of 450 km. Its combat weight is between 65-67 tons. An auxiliary power supply is provided to power all systems when the main engine is off.

Currently Leopard 2A7+ is starting to be ordered by European countries. Most recently, Norway chose Germany’s Leopard over Korea’s K2 Black Panther. The production of the Leopard 2A8 will be much easier and even faster taking advantage of the lines of previous versions. Certainly the Berlin government wants a better version of the tank for its army and the Leopard 2A8 will be a good choice for the German army in the future.

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