Poland requested 44 Leopard 2A4 tanks as compensation from Germany

BERLIN ($1=0.98 Euros) — Poland is demanding significantly more advanced battle tanks from Germany than the federal government is offering as compensation for Soviet models supplied to Ukraine. Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak said in an interview that despite the German government’s desire to deliver 20 Leopard 2A4 tanks to Poland, Warsaw would like at least 44 tanks to equip an entire tank battalion.

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The Polish army has delivered more than 200 old Soviet tanks to Ukraine. In return, it should receive modern Leopard tanks. For several days, there has been an increasing dispute between Berlin and Warsaw about this exchange of rings.

When asked by the news agency dpa, a spokesman for the federal government said that Polish statements were taken into account and that Berlin had not abandoned the idea of ​​exchanging weapons with Poland. At the same time, Berlin is surprised by the sharp political tones from Poland. On a technical level, discussions have always been constructive.

About Leopard 2A4 tanks

The Leopard 2A4 is the most popular version of the tank. 695 tanks were built between 1985 and 1992, while the remaining machines from previous versions were upgraded to the 2A4 level. Thus, until 1994, Germany had a total of 2,125 Leopard 2A4s. The Netherlands purchased another 445 tanks, and Switzerland produced under license 380 Panzer 87 Leopard (Pz 87) tanks.

After 2000, some of the German and Dutch tanks were sold to friendly countries around the world. The version features improved turret armor, a digital ballistic calculator, new ammunition, and a new automatic fire system. The tank is now painted with tri-color camouflage paint.

Germany updates Leopard 2 tanks

As we reported earlier this year, the Israeli Trophy active protection system (APS) with integrated on a German tank Leopard 2 of the German ground forces was tested by live fire. The tests took place on January 10-16 and were attended not only by representatives of the two companies Rafael and KWL but also by representatives of the two ministries of defense.

The main function of the system is to ensure that the armored vehicle is protected from anti-tank missiles. So far, according to official information from the Israeli company Rafael, Trophy APS has over 1,000,000 working hours and 5,300 live shootings have been carried out, some in combat conditions, some during tests.

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In addition to the Israeli armored combat vehicles Merkava 3 & 4 MBTs and Namer APC, the system is integrated on the American Abrams MBT tanks, as well as on the German Leopard 2 and the British Challenger 3.

Trophy APS works by providing an imaginary balloon around the armored vehicle at 360 ° in azimuth through dozens of sensors that detect all known threats of chemical energy (CE) – including recoilless rifles, ATGMs, AT missiles, HEAT tank cartridges, and RPGs. It works in a fairly wide range with simultaneous execution of dozens of tasks, monitoring hazards from all possible positions in 360 ° azimuth.

The system can pre-define an enemy or friendly zone, troops, and weapon systems. It has an integrated system for electronic warfare and modern communication solutions. Trophy APS is suitable for heavily armored combat vehicles and medium-heavy ones.

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