Poland to upgrade its Leopard 2 tanks 40610152

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Poland to upgrade its Leopard 2 tanks
The Polish Army will upgrade its fleet of Leopard 2 tanks, according to official’s statement at the country’s Media. Poland had acquired a total of 142 tanks. The first batch comprised of 124 Leopard 2A4 and the second of 14 Leopard 2A5. According to General Adam Duda, the Director of the MoD’s Procurement Directorate, the aim is to upgrade and bring all of them in the same configuration.
Poland to upgrade its Leopard 2 tanks
A Polish Army KMW Leopard 2A4 tank during a parade in Warsaw

The Polish MoD will decide which of the three contenders will be awarded the contract. Until now, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Rheinmetall and ASELSAN have provided their offers. The decision is expected within this month and the contract could be signed until the end of year. After that, the first prototype is expected to be delivered in 2016.

The necessary works will be implemented in cooperation with local companies, which will form a joint-venture with the winner of the programme.

Albeit the details of the programme have not been revealed, it is expected that the upgraded Leopard 2PL, as they will be named, will feature an stronger armour protection, equal or above the Leopard 2A5 version’s, a floor with anti-mine protection, new optics, new radios and adjusting points for the integration of engineering equipment.