Armata Vs Leopard 2: Germany’s Main Battle Tank Could Be in Trouble

A T-14 tank with the Armata Universal Combat Platform


Russia’s next generation heavy military tracked vehicle platform, better known as the Armata, has every chance of winning one-on-one battle against the best tank Germany has to offer, the Leopard 2A7, according to the National Interest.

Although both war machines are hailed as exceptional pieces of military hardware, “Berlin’s tanks in a theoretical match-up would face a problem,” NI’s defense analyst Dave Majumdar noted.

“While the Leopard is probably overall more than a match for the Armata – it doesn’t have the right ammunition to defeat the T-14,” he explained.

The battle tank Leopard 2 A7 is presented by German Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) on June 14, 2010 at Eurosatory 2010 in Villepinte near Paris

According to the expert, the Leopard’s key disadvantage stems from the fact that it uses tungsten instead of depleted uranium for tank rounds. The choice of material affects performance.

“Because of the limitations of tungsten ammunition, the Bundeswehr has some doubts as to the ability of its penetrator rounds to punch through the armor of the latest Russian tanks. Specifically, there might be instances where German ammunition might not have enough kinetic energy to ensure a kill against the T-80, T-90 and obviously the Armata,” Majumdar pointed out.

The solution to this problem might seem obvious – replace tungsten with depleted uranium but the Leopard is unlikely to receive rounds made out of depleted uranium since the Germans are largely against the move.

Using US-made ammunition could have been an option but it is said to be incompatible with the Leopard’s improved L55 tank gun.The Leopard might well be one of the world’s best tanks “when it comes to blending firepower, protection and maneuverability,” as defense analyst Thomas Newdick put it, but the future seems to belong to the Armata platform at the moment.

Keep in mind, that Russia’s cutting edge piece of military equipment will not remain static. For instance, its designers say, that the Aramata could well become the first unmanned tank in the world.

Germany to Put 100 Mothballed Tanks Back Into Service

A Leopard 2 tank is pictured during a demonstration event held for the media by the German Bundeswehr in Munster near Hannover, Germany. (File)

The German military plans to bring 100 mothballed tanks back into service amid speculation the move is in response to increased demands from the Ukraine crisis.


Defense Ministry spokesman Jens Flosdorff said Friday that the military will pay 22 million euros to buy back the Leopard 2 main battle tanks from the defense industry, which has kept them in storage, The Associated Press reported Friday.The modernization of the Leopard 2 fleet is scheduled to start in 2017.

“The ministry has decided to raise the upper limit for the future to 328,” Flosdorff told a government news conference, confirming a report by German magazine Spiegel.

The decision to equip the Bundeswehr with a maximum 328 tanks nearly reverses a four-year-old decision to cut the total from 350 to 225.

The announcement came as NATO attempts to increase the response time of its 5,000-strong rapid reaction force amid the ongoing crisis in eastern Ukraine.

Poland has signed a contract to buy 119 MBT ” Leopard 2 ” in Germany

Poland has signed a contract to buy 119 MBT

11/26/2013 TSAMTO
At the training Center of Land Forces of Poland in Poznan defense ministers of Poland and Germany Tomash Semonyak and Thomas de Maiziere on November 22 signed a contract to supply Army of RP with MBT ” Leopard 2 ” from the Armed Forces of Germany.

The contract includes 119 tank ” Leopard 2 ” ( 105 units . in the version of ” Leopard- 2A5 “, as well as 14 units . in the version of ” Leopard- 2A4 “). In addition, the agreement includes the supply of about 200 units of associated equipment , including armored recovery vehicle , trucks vehicle of control , cars, guns and radio equipment for tanks and equipment , as well as kits for wading and laser simulators . Delivery will be made ​​during the 2014-2015 years. The contract is worth approximately 760 million Polish zlotys ( 181.3 million euros, 245.8 million dollars)

The controversial arms deal: Berlin approved the sale of 164 tanks to Indonesia

The controversial arms deal: Berlin approved the sale of 164 tanks to Indonesia

vpk. 13/05/2013
German publication Spiegel reported May 7, 2013, that the German federal government has acknowledged that it had agreed to sell modern battle tanks to Indonesia. 104 main battle tank Leopard 2 and 50 Marder infantry fighting vehicles can be delivered to this country.

The federal government agreed to this controversial deal to help the German war industry to overcome the crisis in which it is . This fact gives the German company Rheinmetall license to export 104 Leopard 2 tanks, four recovery vehicles and three bridgelayers on tank base to Indonesia. Previously, about the pending deal agency Reuters reported.
On the possibility of a deal with Indonesia were stated during the visit of German Chancellor to the country in the summer of 2012, when the government of Indonesia is quite openly stated its interest in the German military technology.
However, human rights activists were alarmed. Indonesia is not a country a model of democracy, it is among the 100 countries listed in the index of corruption, Transparency International, Amnesty International said on mass violations of human rights in some provinces.

Qatar ordered a German armored vehicles at $ 2.5 billion

Qatar ordered a German armored vehicles at $ 2.5 billion

lenta,ru. 19.04,2013
Qatar has signed a contract with the German company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to supply 24 armored self-propelled howitzers PzH 2000 caliber 155 mm and 62 main battle tank Leopard 2. According to a press release, the deal amounted to 1.89 billion euros (2.47 billion dollars).

The scope of the contract also included the related equipment and training of Qatari troops. Terms of the contract were not disclosed