The German federal parliament (Bundestag) has permitted the acquisition of initially 18 Leopard 2 most important battle tanks within the newest A8 model. As well as, an extra twelve PzH2000 self-propelled howitzers may be procured. At its assembly on Might 24, the Finances Committee of the German federal parliament permitted three procurement tasks for the German Military (Heer). All armament tasks that exceed an funding quantity of 25 million euros have to be permitted by the price range committee earlier than the contract is signed. Since it is a subsequent procurement of fabric given to Ukraine, the financing of the Leopard 2A8 most important battle tank doesn’t come from the protection price range, however from the person Plan 60 of the federal price range.

German Ministry of Defence is dedicated to additional improve its Leopard 2 fleet relatively than to change to a model new most important battle tank, such because the KF-51 Panther that was just lately developed by Rheinmetall. To exchange the 18 Leopard 2A6 tanks handed over to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the German Ministry of Defence is anticipated to buy a batch of not less than 18 Leopard 2A8 tanks (with possibility for a number of hundred). The plans nonetheless should be permitted by the German parliament as a result of contract exceeding a worth of €25 million. The German Military will obtain 18 Leopard 2A8 most important battle tanks. The newest model at present in use within the Military is the Leopard 2 A7V. The framework settlement with the producer consists of an choice to buy extra Leopard 2A8 most important battle tanks.

German Military PzH 2000 Self-propelled Howitzer. (Photograph by Bundeswehr)

The Leopard 2A8 shall be based mostly on the present Leopard 2A7HU manufacturing mannequin however characteristic extra enhancements. On this model at present obtainable available on the market, the principle battle tank is provided with the Trophy energetic safety system. Since its introduction this technique demonstrated 100% success fee in numerous terrain and fight circumstances. Defeated threats embrace RPG-29 anti-tank rockets and Kornet and Metis-M anti-tank guided missiles. The Leopard 2A8 makes use of a 1 600 hp engine. Earlier variations of the Leopard used a 1 500 hp engine. It’s attainable that the usage of newly-built hulls on the Leopard 2A8 could be associated to the brand new engine. The brand new 20 kW unit replaces the earlier 17 kW unit used on the Leopard 2A7 collection tanks.

The Panzerhaubitze 2000 (“armoured howitzer 2000”, abbreviated PzH 2000) is a German 155 mm self-propelled howitzer developed by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Rheinmetall within the Nineteen Eighties and Nineteen Nineties for the German Military. It’s able to a really excessive fee of fireside; in burst mode it could fireplace three rounds in 9 seconds, ten rounds in 56 seconds, and might—relying on barrel heating—fireplace between 10 and 13 rounds per minute repeatedly. The PzH 2000 has computerized help for as much as 5 rounds of A number of Spherical Simultaneous Affect (MRSI). Two operators can load 60 shells and propelling fees in lower than 12 minutes. The PzH 2000 equips the armies of Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Netherlands, Greece, Lithuania, Hungary, Qatar and Croatia, principally changing older programs such because the M109 howitzer.