At a celebration in Munich attended by a wide range of international guests from military and industrial circles on 20 November, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW – a member of the Franco-German defence technology group KNDS) marked the 40th anniversary of the LEOPARD 2 main battle tank.

Late in 1979 the Bundeswehr introduced the first LEOPARD, which brought to the service a unique operational combination of the criteria governing combat value: firepower, mobility, protection and ‘commandability.’ A programme of continuous development, upgrading and capability insertion since then have made the LEOPARD 2 – now in the A7V variant – one of the most reliable main battle tanks currently in service – an assertion to which 19 current user nations can attest.

Selected international guests took part in a panel discussion entitled “A European Tank Fleet: First Step Towards a European Army” and discussed, among other subjects, the future outlook for the LEOPARD 2.

KMW and an international audience celebrated the 40th birthday of the LEOPARD 2 on 20 November. (Photo: KMW)

- Mönch Publications - Latest Issues -

We use cookies to improve our website and your experience when using it. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our privacy policy.

I agreeMore Information