Leopard 2 tank

Jenoptik has been awarded a contract to supply electro-mechanical turret and weapon stabilisation systems for the Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) and Panzerhaubitze 2000 (PzH 2000) self-propelled howitzers.

Awarded by the German original equipment manufacturer (OEM) Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW), the €15.7m contract covers delivery of electro-mechanical turret and weapon stabilisation systems for a total of 62 Leopard 2 tanks and 24 PzH 2000 vehicles.

Supplied by Jenoptik’s Defense & Civil Systems division, the systems are expected to stabilise and adjust the turret and weapon in the two vehicle types.

Jenoptik’s CEO Michael Mertin said the contract demonstrates that the company’s solutions are at the cutting edge of technology.

”It also allows us to contribute to the safety of our soldiers,” Mertin said.

Jenoptik’s Defense & Civil Systems division also supplies target acquisition systems and mirror heads for the Leopard 2’s gunner targeting device to another German OEM.

"It also allows us to contribute to the safety of our soldiers."

The Leopard 2 is a successor to the Leopard 1 MBT, and is designed to engage moving targets while moving over rough terrain.

Equipped with digital fire-control systems with laser rangefinders, a fully-stabilised main gun and coaxial machine gun, and advanced night vision and sighting equipment, various Leopard 2 variants are currently operational with the armed forces of Germany and other European and non-European nations.

Manufactured by KMW in collaboration with Rheinmetall Land Systems, the PzH 2000 is a 155mm self-propelled howitzer capable of continuous firing between ten and 13 rounds per minute depending on barrel heat.

Operated by a five member crew, the howitzer is fully compatible with standard NATO 155mm ammunition, and has automatic support for multiple rounds simultaneous impact (MRSI) for up to five rounds.

Image: a Leopard 2A5 main battle tank of the German Army. Photo: courtesy of Bundeswehr-Fotos.

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