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     FrontPage Edition: Mon 11 December 2006

Singapore to acquire refurbished Leopard Tanks from Germany


Singapore Set to Acquire Refurbished Leopard Tanks from Germany

The Singapore Ministry of Defence and the German Federal Ministry of Defence intend to agree upon the sale of Leopard 2A4 tanks from the German Armed Forces to the Singapore Armed Forces.
The acquisition package will consist of 66 refurbished Leopard 2A4 tanks together with 30 spare tanks and supporting equipment. Training on the Leopard tanks will be provided by the German Army.
This acquisition underscores the good defence relationship between Germany and Singapore.
Factsheet: Capabilities and Specifications of the Leopard 2A4
Key Platform Capabilities
Protection. At 55.15 tons, the Leopard 2A4 tank features spaced multi-layered armour that offers protection against tank guns, armoured fighting vehicle (AFV) cannons and anti-tank weapons.
Mobility. The Leopard 2A4 tank is powered by the MTU MB 873 Ka-501 diesel engine that delivers 1500 hp, giving the tank one of the most favourable power-to-weight ratios in its class. The Leopard 2A4 has a top speed of 72km/h.
Lethality. The Leopard 2A4 is equipped with the 120mm, L44 smoothbore gun, which has the capability to defeat all other armour fighting vehicles.
Potential for Future Growth. The Leopard 2A4 configuration allows the flexibility for future growth. Hence, customised upgrades required for the operations in local environment and integration with other platforms and systems of the 3rd Generation SAF can be implemented at a later appropriate time.
Enhancement in Capability
The Leopard 2A4 surpasses the SM1 in protection and firepower. It is comparable to SM1 in mobility. As a replacement for some of the Army's SM1s, the introduction of the Leopard 2A4 represents a significant enhancement in the army's capability.
Leopard 2A4  
Technical Data
Crew 4 3
Combat Weight 55.15 ton 17.2 ton
Ground Pressure 0.83 kg/cm2 0.88 kg/cm2
Ground Clearance 0.537 m 0.43 m
(L x W x H)
9.668 x 3.7 x 2.79 m 6.36 x 2.51 x 2.62 m
Main Armament 120mm smoothbore, L44 75mm, M50 Gun
Other Armament 1 x 7.62 mm coaxial MG
1 x 7.62 mm anti-aircraft MG
8 x 76 mm smoke launcher per side
1 x 7.62 mm coaxial
1 x 7.62 mm CMG
4 x 81 mm smoke launcher
Fire Control System With stabilisation, thermal imager Non stabilised, image intensifier
Engine MTU MB 873 Ka-501 diesel engine Detroit Diesel 6V52T
Power 1500 hp 290 hp
Transmission Renk HSWL 354 hydrokinetic transmission ZF 5WG 180, Automatic
Performance Specifications
Power-to-weight 27.2 hp/ton 16.86 hp/ton
Max road speed 72 km/h 60 km/h
Max road range 550 km 450 - 500 km
Vertical Obstacle 1.1 m 0.65 m
Trench Clearance 3 m 1.6 m
Gradient 60% 60%
Side Slope 30% 40%

Source: Media Release 11 Dec 2006

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