The Finnish Defence Forces are set to sign an agreement for the upgrade of the Leopard 2 main battle tanks’ (MBT) fire control system.

The signing follows has been authorised by Finland’s Defence Ministry.

German firm Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) will undertake the work on the Finnish Army’s Leopard 2 A4 and 2 A6 MBTs, which were originally procured from Germany and the Netherlands.

Finnish Army Command Infantry Inspector colonel Rainer Peltoniemi said: “The upgrade will incorporate into the Leopard MBT fleet the ability to fire new HE/FRAG projectiles in addition to the ammunition already in place.

“This will significantly improve the MBTs firepower, utilisation opportunities, and ability to provide support to army troops.”

According to the Finnish Defence Forces, the procurement marks a new capability, and the ballistics upgrade will allow for the use of ‘multipurpose HE/FRAG rounds’ in training as of 2023.

Implementation of the contract will also involve contributions from the Defence Forces’ strategic partner Millog, who will provide expert resources for logistics and installation work.

The total value of the procurement stands at €10m.

The upgrade work is scheduled to begin early next year and run through to 2026.

Developed by KMW, the Leopard 2 MBT is a successor to the Leopard 1.