The Norwegian Dagbladet reported that Norway would discuss the possibility of transferring German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine.

Norway has a fairly modest main battle tank fleet, consisting of 52 Leopard 2A4NOs. These tanks were purchased from the Netherlands in 2001, and have been adapted to Norwegian requirements, which includes the installation of new radios, weapon racks and a Battlefield Management System. There have been reports that Norway is planning to replace the Leopard 2 with new MBTs like the Korean K2 Black Panther or the German Leopard 2A7.

In another move, the Norwegian Dagbladet reported that Norway would discuss the possibility of transferring German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. As previously reported, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki believes that if Germany does not agree to transfer Leopard tanks to Ukraine, the allies should create a smaller coalition to support the Armed Forces of Ukraine.

In general, the relationship between Norway and Russia has become increasingly tense in recent decades. And strengthening Ukraine’s ground forces is also a way to relieve pressure on Norway. The German Leopard 2 series is often compared to the most modern American M1 Abrams tank. It was a 60-ton design, equipped with advanced complex armor, a 1,500-horsepower engine that allowed a speed of 65 km/h.

The Leopard 2A4 is the widespread version of the Leopard 2 family, released in the 1980s. The 2A4 version is fitted with a three-man turret armed with a 120mm, L44 smoothbore gun operated with the Stabilized Control System. The fire control system enables the MBTs to maintain accuracy even while on the move. Further enhancements include the use of more lethal and versatile kinetic energy and multipurpose ammunition.

The turret and tank hull are welded. The combined armor of the third generation is used in the design of the armored hull and turret. The fighting compartment of the tank is sheathed from the inside with a Kevlar heel, which should stop secondary fragments in case of armor penetration.

The Leopard 2 is equipped with a MG 3 machine gun mounted coaxially. Another MG3 is in the turret mount above the loader’s hatch. The tank is equipped with thermal imaging and infrared night vision sights. The commander has the PERI-R-12 panoramic periscope sight with a stabilizer. The tank commander can independently point the gun in case of failure of the gunner.

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