French Leclerc to receive $350 million upgrade

leclerc_11Jane’s is reporting that France has awarded to Nexter Systems a contract to upgrade it’s fleet of 200 Leclerc MBTs.  The contract also includes 18 Leclerc based heavy recover vehicles and is expected to be completed in 2020.  The modernisation project is intended to carry the service life of the vehicles past 2040 and provide improved capabilities in asymmetric warfare environments.  Improvements will include the installation of new armor kits as well as new digitized information systems and a new tactical digital radio system.  More info here.