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German parliament funds Leopard 2 upgrade and PzH 2000 ammunition procurement

26 March 2019
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On 20 March, the budget committee of the Bundestag, the German parliament, approved EUR25 million (USD28 million) in funding to upgrade German Leopard 2 main battle tanks (MBTs) and the same amount to procure 155 mm ammunition for the Panzerhaubitze (PzH) 2000 self-propelled howitzer (SPH), the Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on its website.

On 20 March, the Bundestag budget committee German parliament, approved EUR25 million (USD28 million) of funding to upgrade 101 German Leopard 2A6MA2 and Leopard 2A6 MBTs to a level "similar" to the Leopard 2A7V. (Bundeswehr/Ralph Zwilling)On 20 March, the Bundestag budget committee German parliament, approved EUR25 million (USD28 million) of funding to upgrade 101 German Leopard 2A6MA2 and Leopard 2A6 MBTs to a level "similar" to the Leopard 2A7V. (Bundeswehr/Ralph Zwilling)

A total of 101 Leopard 2A6MA2 and Leopard 2A6 MBTs will be upgraded to a level "similar" to the Leopard 2A7V by 2026, according to the German MoD. The tanks’ systems will be standardised to make them more effective, increase protection, and allow for the exchange of crews, the ministry said. In addition, various mechanical processes will be automated. The Leopard 2s will receive new fire control and communications systems.

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