Squadron vehicles: Leopard 2PL: Polish cavalry

The Polish Leopard 2PL main battle tank is a new squadron vehicle that will be available after the release of the “Ixwa Strike” update.

Leopard 2PL,MBT, Germany, rank VII

Pros

  • Improved turret protection
  • Thermal imager
  • New HE round DM11

Cons

  • Insufficient hull protection
History

The Leopard 2PL is an ongoing joint project for the modernization of the Leopard 2A4 tanks in service with the Polish army, currently being carried out by the German company Rheinmetall AG and the Polish state-owned Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa. The aim of the program is to improve the combat efficiency of the elderly Leopards to 3rd generation plus level  main battle tanks. 

The main areas of modernization are improving the tank's protection and firepower. The Leopard 2PL has additional modular turret armor (forehead and sides), enhanced protection of the gun mantlet. On the turret’s rear, massive boxes appeared, which under some circumstances can work as spaced armor for protection against HEAT shells. The L44 cannon remains the same, but the upgraded fire control system has modern thermal imaging equipment and is adapted for firing more powerful rounds. Since the power plant and chassis of the Leopard 2A4 remained unchanged, the additional protection of the hull had to be abandoned, as the weight of the tank approached 60 tons. In total, 128 Leopard 2A4’s in service are to be upgraded under the Leopard 2PL program.

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In War Thunder, the Leopard 2PL will become a new squadron vehicle and will appear after release of the “Ixwa Strike” update. The add-on armor modules on the turret significantly improve the tank's resistance to hits from  HE and to a lesser extent kinetic projectiles, and the upgraded fire-control system will allow the use of advanced rounds: the new to the game programmable high-explosive fragmentation DM11 projectile and the effective DM33 APFSDS shell.

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The Leopard 2PL fire control system has all major features of modern main battle tanks: a high-quality stabilizer, night vision devices, a thermal imager and a laser rangefinder. Unfortunately, due to the high weight of the turret's armored modules, the hull armor of the Leopard 2PL remained unchanged from the 2A4 version, making it vulnerable to almost any hit in the hull, especially from sides.

The Leopard 2PL will be a squadron reward for battles after the release of the War Thunder update "Ixwa Strike". Follow our news for more details!


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