German Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank

German Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank

Manufacturer:  Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW)

Leopard 2 Main Battle TankSo the Germans have a tank that is comparable to the American Abrams line of tanks.  Big deal right?  Of course not!  The Leopard is fighting side by side with the American Abrams in Afghanistan and Iraq right now!  The Canadians in particular have deployed many Leopards to Afghanistan for combat roles, and the opinions on which tank is better are mixed.  It basically goes both ways, each tank has its pros and cons, and in the end; they both are equally as effective against the threats they face there.  The similarities in the American Abrams and the German Leopard 2 are due to the fact that they are both based on the same design.  In the mid-70s the Germans and Americans teamed up to build a tank together, but couldn’t agree on certain points.  They both took the existing design they had come up with and then went their own directions.  But how would they stack up against a more modern force than Afghani goat herders?  Chinese tanks, Russian tanks?  Only time will tell on that one.  Unless we could steal a tank…

No doubt, the German Leopard 2 is a formidable machine.

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