The delivery of modernized tanks under the Leopard 2A4 T1 to the Turkish Armed Forces continues. Our country has carried out major operations to destroy the terrorist elements that formed on its borders in 2016 and after. As our tanks suffered losses in the operations, it was decided to strengthen the tanks in terms of armor.
President of Turkish Defense Industry Prof. Dr. Regarding the modernization of the Ismail Demir tank, “As part of our effort to increase the capabilities of the Leopard 2A4 tanks in the KKK inventory in accordance with the modern combat environment, we started the mass production of the armor package designed and produced at the Ballistic Protection Center in ROKETSAN and started its integration into the tanks. Developed in different configurations for turret and hull compartments according to threat analysis, the armor package still has the most effective ballistic protection used in Leopard 2A4 tanks in the world armies. Tanks modernized with domestic and national systems are at the service of Mehmetçik!” made statements.
Roketsan shared the information that 2020 Leopard 2A2 T4 tanks were delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces in December 1. Within the scope of the project, a total of 40 tanks are planned to be modernized. In addition, ballistic tests of the armor were carried out between July and December 2019, and it was emphasized that full protection was provided in all fire tests.
Leopard 2A4 Tank Modernization
Leopard 2A4s were supplied second hand from Germany in two packages of 2005 and 298 units after 56. 15 tanks in the second package are used as spare parts.
Aselsan developed the Leopard 2NG package for Leopard 4A2 tanks and produced the first prototype in 2011. Aselsan used a ready protection package supplied from abroad in the Leopard 2 NG project.
However, almost 2 years have passed since the first announcements in the project regarding the Leopard 4A2 modernization, which was carried out by BMC and did not have an official signing ceremony, but there was no development. There were various negative rumors about the project in 2019. No official statement, positive or negative, was made regarding these rumors.
In March 2019, during the visit of Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar at the 2nd Main Care Factory in Kayseri, he inspected and inspected the image of a prototype that was being worked on. With the visit of the Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, the Leopard 2A4 tanks, whose modernization work was carried out by the BMC, came to light for the first time.
Also in March 2019, several Leopard 2 photos tested with ERA panels appeared on social media.
In January 2020, a press conference was held at the Defense Industry Presidency (SSB) regarding the 2019 assessment and 2020 targets. Defense Industry President Prof. Dr. The Defense Turk representative asked İsmail Demir about the tank modernization and he received an answer that did not contain details regarding the continuing projects.
Finally, Roketsan's 2020 brochure includes an example of an armor placement suitable for the body of the Leopard 2 (flat tower design model up to A4) tank among the images for the company's armor solutions. The tank in the image has armor plates and Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) on it.
Leopard 2A4 tank with Altay turret
After the signing ceremony in which the Three New Generation Storm Howitzers were delivered to the Turkish Armed Forces in January 2021, Minister Akar and the Commanders watched the demonstration where the driving and capabilities of armored vehicles produced by BMC were exhibited. While the main battle tank, which was developed by BMC with the integration of the Altay tower on the Leopard 2A4 tank, was transitioning, the protocol was introduced with the phrase "Leopard 2A4 tank with Altay turret". After 2, the Leopard 4A2005s in the TAF inventory were procured from Germany as second-hand in two packages of 298 and 56 units. Modernization activities are officially carried out by ASELSAN and ROKETSAN as part of efforts to increase the capabilities of Leopard 2A4 main battle tanks in accordance with today's modern combat conditions. The aforementioned Leopard 2A4 with Altay tower was developed as a result of company initiative with the aim of displaying talent. However, it is not known whether the modernization package will be implemented in the future.