By Arthur J. Baker
This e-book tells the tale of the 1st German Panzer equipped because 1945, of its improvement, provider, variations and present redevelopment to Leopard 2 ordinary. the 1st of a brand new new release of MBTs, the 1st of 1,800 Leopard 2s has already entered provider with the German military, and lots of reflect on it the simplest tank on the planet. Chapters contain improvement of the Leopard, creation of the Leopard, features of the Leopard 1, models and variations of the Leopard 1, Derivatives of the Leopard 1, Leopard 2, Servicing and upkeep, education aids and The Leopard in comparison with different MBTs. Appendices contain Comparision of MBTs, Contractors fascinated by the construction of Leopard and standards.
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Left: AEV showing clearly the stowage of the auger in place of the spare powerpack which can be carried by the ARV. Krauss Maffei Below: Leopard Pioneerpanzer (AEV ) using its auger. ) Note that the ladder on the jib-boom has been removed. BdV Below righl : Leopard Pioneerpanzer using its dozer blade. : ~ new combat t -: purpose will ~: Large storage compartments permit the transport of a considerable quantity of explosives for demolition purposes. Engineer tools and equipment are also carried as well as the specialist equipment which is a feature of the recovery vehicle.
This increases the efficiency of the transmission and effects a marked saving in fuel. The Leopard is steered by a two-radii cross-drive steering transmission. This, together with the shift transmission, fan drive and summation gears, is installed in a common hOllsing and actuated mechanically and hydraulically. The large steering radius is designed for high speeds on roads, and if the driver turns the steering handle beyond a pressure point of the large radius, the small gear-dependent fixed radius is brought into action and this gives the vehicle tremendous manoeuvrability, especially on cross-country terrain.
There have been 36 Pionierpanzer Leopards built for the German Army . 14 for the Netherlands. 12 for Italy and six for Belgium . One current development which deserves mention is a new combat engineer vehicle for the German Army; its purpose will be to prepare river crossing points. Two firms - Maschinenbau GmbH of Kiel (MaK) and Eisenwerke Kaiserslautem (EWK) Goppner - are involved, and prototype vehicles of what will be known as the 'GPM' (Gepanzerte Pioniermaschine) have been built based on the chassis of the Leopard I tank.
Modern Combat Vehicles 3: Leopard by Arthur J. Baker