The Finish Ministry of Defence has selected IMI Systems to supply ammunition for the country’s Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks (MBT).

The company will provide the M339, a NATO-compliant 120mm high-explosive multi-purpose ammunition, and data setting units after Finish Defence Forces (FDF) carried out competitive testing with the shell.

IMI, a subsidiary of Israeli defence contractor Elbit Systems, said in a press release that “the FDF selected the M339 to improve the firepower and the ability of the battle tanks to engage different types of targets.”

Elbit Systems Land division executive vice president and general manager Yehuda Vered said: “I believe that the outcome of the rigorous testing by the FDF and the selection by the Finnish MOD underscore the growing recognition, by Western armies, of the quality of our portfolio of ammunition.”

The Leopard 2 was originally developed for use by the West German Army in the 1970s by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann; the Finnish Armed Forces first acquired the tank in the early 2000s, purchasing excess stock from Germany. The vehicle has also seen service with the armed forces of Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, Turkey and Australia, among others.

IMI Systems supplies a large amount of equipment for the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) and was purchased by Elbit Systems in 2018. After acquiring IMI, the company rebranded as Elbit Systems Land.

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