Leopard 2NG

Operator: Turkey
Status: In Service
Number: 354
Cost: Part of EUR364 million deal
Acquired: 2006-2012
General Specs
Country of origin: Germany
Manufacturer: Krauss-Maffei, now Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) /Upgrades by Aselsan
Introduced: 1985
Combat Weight: 65 tons
Length: 25.2 ft (7.69 m)
Width: 12.1 ft (3.7 m)
Height: 9.2 ft (2.79 m)
Range: 372.8 mile (600 km)
Engine: MTU MB 838 Ca M500 diesel (1500 hp)
Road Speed: 40.4 mph (65 km/h)
Offroad Speed:
Loader: Manual
Crew: 4
Armor Composite with add-on modules made of advance materials such as ceramics and light alloys
NBC Protection Yes
Nightvision Passive
Laser detection
Main Armament L7 105mm Smoothbore (42 rounds)
Ammunition APDS, APFSDS, HEAT, smoke rounds
Secondary Armament 1 x 7.62mm (5500 rounds)
1 x 12.7mm remote weapon station
Radar/Sensors: Volcan computerized fire control system
Misc Systems:
Notes: Heavily upgraded from 2A4 variant and claimed superior than Leopard 2A6



Turkey Mulling Upgrade to Leopard 2s, M60s

Turkey’s military and procurement officials are mulling the options of upgrading hundreds of German-made Leopard 2 and US-made M60 main battle tanks. One senior procurement official familiar with the program said that about 100 Leopard 2s and 300 M60s would go through an upgrade program.  Industry sources say such upgrades would cost Ankara anywhere between […]


Pakistani Turkish Defense Ties Continue to Deepen

The Pakistan-Turkey defense industrial relationship continues to deepen with more bilateral projects being promoted and undertaken such as aircraft, ships and tanks. “As a matter of policy, we encourage Turkish industry to broaden their business activity and defense cooperation with Pakistan,” said a senior official with Turkey’s Under Secretariat for Defence Industries. “Not only do […]


Turkey Seeks Hybrid Solution in ‘New vs Old Weapons’

Turkey’s military and procurement planners are favoring a “hybrid” approach which they believe will optimize their logistical requirements and help them maintain a fine balance between new and old gear. “We have a general understanding to avoid both extremes,” said one procurement official in charge of planning. “We don’t think a general framework would yield […]


Report: German Government To Cancel Saudi Tank Deal

The German government will not approve a reported deal to sell up to 800 battle tanks to Saudi Arabia, a German Sunday newspaper said, citing government sources. The sale of the Leopard-2 tanks was billed as one of the biggest deals for the German armaments industry, Bild reported. But Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, a Social […]


Turkey Mulling ‘Big Team’ for Tank Production

Turkey’s top procurement planners may reshape the industrial strategy for serial production of the Altay new generation tank by creating a “big team” of several companies, including foreign ones, rather than leaving Otokar as prime contractor. The planners are weighing the merits of awarding a multi-billion dollar contract to such a team, which industry sources […]


An Edge in the Desert

Weapons are pouring into the Middle East at an unprecedented rate. The Pentagon recently announced that it would sell six tilt-rotor Osprey aircraft to Israel for $1.3 billion, American hardware (including Apache helicopters) is being rushed to the Iraqi government to help in its battle against al Qaeda, and Washington has also restored military aid to Egypt after a brief hiatus. But Uncle […]