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Portugal seeks to modernise its Leopard 2A6 MBTs

05 December 2019

The Portuguese Army is to carry out a mid-life update project for its Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks (MBTs) to extend the fleets’ life and modernise several subsystems, a source at the Army High-Staff's Forces Planning Division told Jane's .

The plan, in line with the country's Military Programming Law 2019–2030, is to carry out a EUR46.027 million upgrade from 2026 to 2030, comprising EUR2 million in 2026, EUR4 million in 2027, EUR12.027 million in 2028, EUR12.5 million in 2029, and EUR15.5 million in 2030.

The source said the project encompasses installing a driver’s passive thermal imaging camera suite to improve front and rear-view during manoeuvres; air conditioning unit to cool electronics in the turret and improve crew endurance; auxiliary power unit (APU) to deal with the increased power demand and deliver continuous power supply; new fire extinguishing system in the driver and combat compartments; ultracaps in the electrical suite to mitigate harmful electrical discharges; and an electric gun, turret control, and drive system with digital stabilisation.

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