Poland orders Leopard 2PL upgrade

1646417_-_mainJane’s IHS has posted an article providing some details about the upgrade Poland is planning for 128 of their Leopard 2 tanks.  Poland has signed a $605.7 million contract with prime contractor Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa (PGZ) and integrator ZM Bumar-Labedy by the Polish Armament Inspectorate to upgrade its 128 Leopard 2A4 tanks to a new standard called Leopard 2PL.  Poland has 128 Leopard 2A4s purchased from Germany in 2002, all of which are intended to receive the 2PL upgrade by the year 2020.   Currently these vehicles are part of the 10th Armored Cavalry Brigade, based in Swietoszow.

According to Janes, the upgrade will include:

  • Turret armor to a level at least that of the Leopard 2A5 variant.
  • Spall liners will  be added in the crew compartment of the turret, while internal storage and stowage capabilities will be extended.
  • L44 120 mm gun and its fire control system will be upgraded for compatibility with the newest DM11 and DM63-type armor-piercing ammunition.
  • New commander and gunner sights incorporating the Polish PCO KLW-1 thermal imager, while the gun and turret stabilizer systems will be changed from hydraulic to electric.

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