German defense company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) will supply Hungary’s land forces with 44 new Leopard 2 A7+ main battle tanks and 24 new PzH 2000 howitzers.
The contract also includes procuring 12 used Leopard 2 A4 main battle tanks from KMW’s inventories for training purposes.
Hungary is seeking a European alliance for its equipment, the company said in a statement Wednesday.
Leopard 2A7+ is a battle tank designed to operate both in low intensity and high intensity conflicts.The tank's protection has been increased by modular armour; the frontal protection has been improved with a dual-kit on the turret and hull front, while 360° protection against Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) and mine protection increase the survivability of the tank in urban operations. It can fire programmable High Explosives (HE) munitions and the turret mounted MG3 has been replaced with a stabilised FLW 200 remotely controlled weapon station. The mobility, sustainability and situational awareness have also been improved.
Leopard 2A4 models have an automated fire and explosion suppression system, an all-digital fire control system able to handle new ammunition types, and an improved turret with flat titanium/tungsten armour.
The French and German defense ministers who met on Monday has agreed to sign the contract to jointly develop future-oriented capabilities-such as future combat air system (FCAS) and future combat ground system (MGCS) in early 2019. Following Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Emmanuel Macron's joint statement in the summer of 2017, expressing the political will to strengthen European defence by jointly developing FCAS and MGCS approved at the Berlin Airshow in April 2018, the defense ministers of both the nations noted that there has been significant progress of the work carried out so far, according to the joint statement issued on
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