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Jenoptik's defence and civil systems segment has secured two contracts to support Poland's Leopard 2 tank modernisation programme.

The contracts require the company to supply 126 17kW auxiliary power units to the Polish company ZM Bumar Labedy.

Under the contracts, worth €10.6m, Rheinmetall Defence will also receive seven of these units and ten electric turret and weapon stabilisation systems.

The electric turret and weapon stabilisation systems replace the hydraulic systems currently used in the tank.

These systems generate less heat inside the tank and align the turret and weapon while the tank is in motion.

Jenoptik's auxiliary power units have been designed to provide electrical energy to military vehicles and mobile platforms.

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These units, comprising a diesel engine, alternator and rectifier, generate power in line with the relevant requirements of the vehicle and convert this power to the voltage of the on-board system, Jenoptik stated.

"Jenoptik's auxiliary power units have been designed to provide electrical energy to military vehicles and mobile platforms."

Delivery under the contracts will begin in 2017 and continue until 2020.

The Krauss-Maffei Wegmann-built (KMW) Leopard 2 is a main battle tank equipped with a modular protection kit, improved sustainability and increased mobility.

The tank features a longer L55 gun, an auxiliary engine, improved mine protection and an air-conditioning system.

The Leopard 2 is currently in service with the armies of Austria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and Turkey.

Image: Jenoptik stabilisation systems for sensors and weapon systems on vehicle-based platforms. Photo: courtesy of Jenoptik.