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The contracts for the integration of the TROPHY Active Protection System (APS) on Germany’s LEOPARD 2 MBT have been concluded. The Federal Office of Bundeswehr Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support (BAAINBw) and the companies involved, Rafael (for the delivery of the protection systems) and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (for the construction of new hulls and the integration of the systems into the MBTs), have announced that the corresponding contracts were concluded on 22 February 2021.

Newly built LEOPARD 2 A7 chassis and LEOPARD 2 A6 A3 turrets provided by the German government will be used for the integration of the systems. In its press release, KMW refers to the new name LEOPARD 2 A7A1. This suggests that the turret will receive A7 components as part of the work. These include, among other things, a crew compartment cooling system and an extension of the fire control system for programmable ammunition.

Gerhard Heiming