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Yeah, the velcro ismost likely for the SAAB Barracuda nets. But the mounts for the add-on armor doesn't really match with the Leopard 2A4M CAN though, as seen here:

 

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I really don't know anything about the turret in my original post. It could be something bought after the Leopard 2 contract, but the rest of the vehicles are from the Netherlands.

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Do you happen to know where said turret is located?

 

The number painted on white to the turret is common for Swiss Leopard 2 tanks:

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That should imply the turret was actually used for one of the Panzer 87 WE prototypes, which featured add-on armor (that was not purchased for production vehicles).

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One of the Panzer 87 WE prototypes was used to test SAAB's Barracuda (again not purchased):

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However I am not sure how the lack of camouflage painting and mounting points for some of the equipment (RWS, Galix smoke grenade launching system) can be explained...

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13 hours ago, Voodoo said:

It is located in Norway. 

 

Okay, that makes it harder to find out any details. It could be that for some reason one of Panzer 87 WE prototypes' turrets ended up in Norway (maybe for cold weather trials or they later sold the prototype without add-on armor for conversion into support vehicles like ARVs, bridge-layers or engineering vehicles).

 

Alternatively it could be a Norwegian prototype; Norway tested the SAAB Barracuda camouflage on at least two tanks.

 

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Maybe Norway wanted to test mounting slat armor to the Leopard 2A4 turret and hence added the mounting points. The Leopard 2A6M CAN uses a different arrangement of mounting points (i.e. only two rows of rectangular mounting points each with two holes for bolts), but the difference might be a result of different supplier for the slat armor and/or the different shape of the tanks.

 

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On 7/11/2018 at 2:49 PM, SH_MM said:

Leopard 2 KWS prototype (AFAIK one of the two TVM tanks, but could also be the IVT) being refurbished and repainted before going into a museum. It will probably go to the Panzermuseum Munster (or maybe is already there?), which has requested a replacement for the old Leopard 2A4 (because children and young adults would be used to the wedge-shaped turret armor of the Leopard 2).

 

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A few more photos. I didn't know that the armored vehicle restoration group of the German tank museum has its own facebook page.

 



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The tank is in driving condition.

 

 

 

 

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Poland to upgrade 14 more Leopard 2A4s to Leopard 2PL standard

Krzysztof Kuska, Gdansk - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly
31 July 2018

Poland will upgrade 14 more Leopard 2A4 tanks to the Leopard 2PL standard, PGZ confirmed to Jane's on 30 July. Poland's Armament Inspectorate (AI) signed the PLN300 million (USD82 million) deal with PGZ Zakłady Mechaniczne Bumar-Łabędy on 20 June. Reports of the deal appeared in the Polish media on 26-28 July.

The upgraded tanks are scheduled to be delivered in 2021. The original deal to upgrade 128 Leopard 2A4s was signed on 28 December 2015 and included an option for 14 more tanks, which was exercised by the AI, raising the total price to around PLN2.7 billion.

In addition to increasing the number of tanks to be modernised, the upgrade package will be changed to give the tanks new capabilities.

 

https://www.janes.com/article/82106/poland-to-upgrade-14-more-leopard-2a4s-to-leopard-2pl-standard

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Austrian General Robert Brieger announced that the current configuration of the Leopard 2 (the Leopard 2A4Ö) can ot be supported (supplied with spare parts) anymore in the (near) future. Therefore Austria has to upgrade or scrap the Leopard 2A4 fleet, the latter seems to be unlikely. Last year Austria reactived 16 Leopard 2A4Ö tanks (bringing the active fleet from 40 to 56), which originally were meant to be cannibalized for spare parts.

 

https://twitter.com/Bundesheerbauer/status/1024014240032714752

 

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I don't know if it suits better to this or MGCS' thread.

 

I've found that MTU started (or would start) to develop new, 1325 kW version of MT 883 engine. But if this engine reaches a prototype or production status, it has to be paired with HSWL 354 or another, brand new transmission in powerpack.

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8 hours ago, SH_MM said:

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Leopard 2RI production line.

It's the Unterlüss production line, isn't it? And the foreground chassis with glacis add-on, hatch and mounting plates for side armor looks like for Leopard 2PL, or?

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Typing error, recognition to Indonesian MBT

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2 hours ago, Gun Ready said:

It's the Unterlüss production line, isn't it? And the foreground chassis with glacis add-on, hatch and mounting plates for side armor looks like for Leopard 2PL, or?

Dude says it's 2RI, not PL.

It's also noticeable that it cannot be the PL because the PL only features turret applique, while the hull armor remains unchanged. These are very clearly equipped with hull applique.

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