In 1963 West Germany and the United States signed an agreement to develop the best tank in the world - the MBT/KPz-70. Though by 1970 this project was stopped, West Germany used the components created for the MBT/KPz-70 to develop a new main battle tank - the Leopard 2. Since 1979, when the first Leopard 2 rolled off the production line, the Leopard 2 has undergone various modifications, and has been exported to various European countries. Enhanced by Osprey's signature colour plates and cutaway artwork, this book examines the development of the Leopard 2 from the first batch to its evolution into the improved Leopard 2 A5, detailing its features and variants.
About the Author
Michael Jerchel was born in 1956 and is interested mainly in Western and former Soviet military equipment, reflected in his work as a freelance journalist and author. He is a recognised authority on modern German armour, having previously published New Vanguard 16: Leopard 1965-95. Uwe Schnellbacher was born in 1962 and has a lifelong interest in military matters, especially tanks. During the eighties he served as an officer with the Signal Corps of the Bundeswehr.
Table of Contents
Design and Development · The Leopard 2 AV · Series Production · Inside the Leopard 2A4 · The Improved Leopard 2 · The Leopard 2 in Foreign Service · Swedish Leopard 2