Qatar displayed its new Leopard 2A7 tanks and PzH 2000 self-propelled howitzers for the first time during its annual national day parade on 18 December.

At least six of the tanks and two howitzers were seen being driven down Doha’s corniche on transporters in Qatari television coverage of the parade.

The German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) announced in April 2013 that Qatar had ordered 62 Leopard 2 tanks and 24 155 mm/52 PzH 2000 howitzers for EUR1.89 billion (USD2.07 billion). KMW sources told IHS Jane’s at the time that the tanks would be the latest 2A7 version and that they and the howitzers would be new, rather than refurbished surplus systems. […]