German army Leopard 2A6 tanks will parade during Belgian National Day July 21

German Army main battle tanks Leopard 2A6 will parade during the National Day military parade on July 21, 2019, in the center of Brussels. In 2014, Belgian Army Leopard 1A5 main battle tanks were shown for the last time following the withdrawal of this type of combat vehicles from the military equipment of the Belgian army.

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Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks at the rehearsal for the Belgian National Day military parade that will take in the center of Brussels, July 21, 2019. (Picture source Army Recognition)

The presence of German Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks during the Belgian National Day is a symbol of collaboration between the Belgian and German armies in the European Union.

The Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks are the backbone of the Germany Army. The Leopard 2, was first produced in 1979 and is in service with the armies of Austria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and Turkey in different variants with more than 3,200 tanks produced.

The Leopard 2A6 has a crew of four including the driver, commander, gunner, and loader. It is one of the most modern main battle tanks in the world, its is produced in Germany by the Company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann. The Leopard 2A6 has a combat weight of 62,000 kg with a length of 7.70 m, a width of 3.70 m and a height of 3.0 m.

The main armament of the Leopard 2A6 consists of one 120mm smoothbore gun model L55 which has a maximum firing range of 5,000 m. Second armament includes one 7.62 mm machine Rheinmetall MG3 machine gun is mounted coaxially to the left of the main armament and a similar weapon can be mounted on the loader's hatch. Eight smoke grenade dischargers are mounted on either side of the turret.