Sweden has contracted Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to improve 44 Leopard 2 tanks of the Swedish Armed Forces.
The three.5-billion Swedish kronor ($316 million) improve consists of changing the tank’s digital parts, putting in new night time sights, and a darkish driving digicam.
The tank’s 120mm Rh 120 L44 gun shall be changed with a longer-barrelled L55 cannon able to firing programmable ammunition, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) acknowledged.
Extra upgrades embody new tracks and enhancements to the chassis.
To Lengthen Lifetime Into 2030s
“Tanks would be the spine of the military’s brigades for a very long time to come back, that could be a conclusion we are able to draw from the continued warfare in Ukraine,” stated FMV operational space military materiel chief Jonas Lotsne.
“The order we are actually inserting with KMW means a substantial modernization of our tank fleet and extends the lifetime of the tanks at the very least into the 2030s.”
“It’ll deliver the tank on par with “different trendy Leopard 2s,” FMV added.
Deliveries are anticipated to begin from 2026 and the upgraded tank shall be referred to as the 123A.