Does this link apply to your post? https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/eurosatory/2018/06/11/french-and-german-armor-makers-test-the-waters-with-a-euro-tank/<snipped>
By the way, have you guys seen footage from the latest Eurostatory NATO Arms expo last month?! A new generation of NATO MBT's is being tested to replace the Leo and Leclerc. Simply put, they took a Leclerc turret/autoloader and put it on a Leo 2 chassis. Pretty cool concept!
I'm waiting for the next breakthrough in lightweight materials. Remember how Chobham/Composite armor revolutionized tanks? Imagine a new type of armor, stronger and lighter than DU!
Yep - that's the one. And yes, it is a concept design and won't enter production in its current state. But France/Germany are joining forces to create the next generation EU MBT - and this is pretty telling because it shows a focus on heavier armor (the Leo 2 chassis) with a smaller profile, more automation (Leclerc turret/autoloader). I'd say the present-day Leclerc is an example of a western MBT created from the lightest parts. It is considerably lighter than the other NATO tanks (at 54 tons vs ~65-70 for the Challenger 2, Leo 2, and Abrams) but also faster. And then Russian and Chinese MBTs are about 45 tons but rely heavily on ERA bricks.Does this link apply to your post? https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/eurosatory/2018/06/11/french-and-german-armor-makers-test-the-waters-with-a-euro-tank/
If so, the LeClerc/Leopard is only a demonstration proto-type, not available as-is. That makes it a a proof-of-concept only, not a specific Euro-tank replacement per se.
I also wonder how well armored an MBT created from the "lightest" parts might be.
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