The first two modernized Leopard 2PL Main Battle Tanks ready for the Polish army

The first two modernized Leopard 2PL Main Battle Tanks ready for the Polish army
Author: Michał Derela (CC BY-SA 3.0)|Caption: Leopard 2PL
04 / 06 / 2020, 10:00

Last Thursday, the Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) concern announced that it had completed work on the upgrade of two Leopard 2PL tanks intended for the Polish army.

The first two modernized Leopard 2PL tanks have been completed, the PGZ concern announced. The other three Leopard 2PL tanks will be completed later this week, according to the PGZ statement. According to the concern, intensive work has been underway over the past two weeks to complete tests of Leopard 2PL tanks.

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As a strategic partner, it enters the project, in which, in addition to the PGZ Group, the Gliwice company Bumar-Łabędy, as well as the German armory Rheinmetall, also participate. It supplies key capabilities, including weapon technology and electronics.

In total, the Polish army ordered 142 tanks in the Leopard 2PL standard. 142 tanks will get new electro-optical systems, new cannon stabilization, new turret propulsion and other components needed for the tank into the combat environment of the 21st century. The Polish army is to take over 43 more Leopard 2PL tanks this year. The total costs, even with amendments to the original contracts, amount to PLN 3.29 billion (CZK 19.95 billion).

Leopard 2PL can be easily identified by the new armor of the turret. The body armor remained original. The weight of the Leopard 2PL increased to 59 tons, which corresponds to the weight of the Leopard 2A5 – the Polish army operates 105 of those in addition to the modernized 2A4 vehicles.

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All tanks are to be upgraded by the end of July 2023, which means a certain delay compared to the original date, because originally the calculations were that the first upgraded tanks would be available to the Polish army in 2018. During the modernization phase 142 Leopard 2A4 tanks will be gradually upgraded. The vehicles were purchased by the Polish army in 2002, and will now all get to the Leopard 2PL standard.

"Delivering the first copies is a key phase of Leopard 2PL program. Acceptance of vehicles by the customer opens the possibility for our consortium to deliver additional batches of tanks. The Leopard 2PL program is one of our priorities, and the last weeks have been a period of intense work, with the strong involvement of Bumar-Labedy's new Board of Directors. We are already seeing the results today, and this is just the beginning, because other prepared tanks are already waiting for the start of the approval procedure, " Andrzej Kensbok, head of PGZ, said.

 Source: Defense Blog, Defence24

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