Norway orders Leopard 2A7 tanks including Rheinmetall main gun and fire control technology with sensors

On 17 February 2023, the Norwegian procurement agency NDMA contracted with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) to supply the Norwegian armed forces with 54 of the latest version of Leopard 2 main battle tank: the A7NO. An option exists for a further 18 tanks.
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Leopard 2A7 Main Battle Tank during winter trial tests in Norway (Picture source: Norwegian MoD)

In its capacity as a subcontractor to KMW, Rheinmetall has been tasked with supplying key components. These include the tank’s 120mm L55A1main armament, fire control technology and parts of the sensor suite, which will be delivered to KMW during a period of approximately four years. After the completion and commissioning of the tanks at KMW, the vehicles will be transferred to the Norwegian procurement agency NDMA.

For Rheinmetall, the total value of the order comes to €129 million. If Norway exercises the option to procure additional Leopard 2 tanks, the order will be worth an additional €44 million.

As a subcontractor of KMW, Rheinmetall has already taken part in the delivery of Leopard 2A5, A6 and A7 main battle tanks prior to the Norwegian 2NO programme.

The Norwegian version of the Leopard 2A7, also known as the Leopard 2A7NO, is a modified version of the Leopard 2A7 main battle tank designed specifically for the Norwegian Armed Forces. It features several modifications and upgrades to meet the specific requirements of the Norwegian military. One of the key features of the Leopard 2A7NO is its improved protection system: the tank is equipped with a modular armor system, which allows for easy replacement and upgrade of damaged or outdated armor modules. The tank also features a locally developed mine protection kit, which improves its survivability against improvised explosive devices (IEDs).

The Leopard 2A7NO is also equipped with a number of advanced communication and information systems, which allow for improved situational awareness and coordination between tank crews and other units. The tank is equipped with a digital radio system, a battle management system, and a high-tech fire control system, which includes a laser rangefinder, a thermal imaging system, and a ballistic computer.

Another key feature of the Leopard 2A7NO is its improved mobility. The tank is powered by a 1,500 horsepower diesel engine, which gives it a top speed of around 70 km/h. The tank is also equipped with an advanced suspension system and hydraulic shock absorbers, which provide improved stability and handling over rough terrain.

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