Norwegian army to get 54 redesignated Leopard 2A8 NOR MBTs

Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and the Norwegian Defence Materiel Agency (NDMA) have agreed to align the nomenclature of the 54 new Leopard 2 Main Battle Tanks purchased on February 17, 2023, with that of the German procurement office for the German Leopard 2 replenishment, as the Norwegian Leopard 2 has all the characteristics of the redefined Leopard 2A8 configuration status.
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Initially designated Leopard 2A7, the 54 future tanks purchased by Norway are redesignated Leopard 2A8 NOR due to the additional requested specifications (Picture source: Norwegian MoD)

Initially, the Norwegian army purchased what was then designated Leopard 2A7 but, due to all the adaptations/specifications requested by the Norwegians, the new tank will therefore be known as Leopard 2A8 NOR. The German procurement authority introduced the Leopard 2A8 configuration, as it is a new production and it includes the integration of the Active Protection System Trophy from the company EuroTrophy.

The Leopard 2A8 NOR has additional features compared to the German A8 version, for example the integrated Norwegian ICS/CORTEX system from the Norwegian company Kongsberg. This system reconfigures data transfer in the MBT and communication with other combat systems.

The Leopard 2A8 NOR has been specifically tailored to meet the requirements of the Norwegian Armed Forces. This modified version incorporates several enhancements and modifications.

One notable feature of the Leopard 2A8 NOR is its upgraded protection system. It utilizes a modular armor system, allowing for convenient replacement and upgrading of armor modules that have been damaged or rendered outdated. Additionally, the tank includes a locally developed mine protection kit, greatly enhancing its resilience against improvised explosive devices (IEDs), and the Active Protection System Trophy from the company EuroTrophy.

Advanced communication and information systems are integrated into the Leopard 2A8 NOR to enhance situational awareness and facilitate coordination between tank crews and other units. These systems comprise a digital radio system, a battle management system, and a state-of-the-art fire control system. The fire control system incorporates a laser rangefinder, a thermal imaging system, and a ballistic computer, all contributing to superior targeting capabilities.

Improved mobility is another prominent characteristic of the Leopard 2A8 NOR. Its propulsion is derived from a 1,500 horsepower diesel engine, enabling it to achieve a top speed of approximately 70 km/h. Furthermore, the tank boasts an advanced suspension system and hydraulic shock absorbers, delivering enhanced stability and maneuverability when traversing challenging terrains.

Defense News June 2023