Sweden acquires 18 Leopard 2 simulators from KNDS

The Swedish Procurement Office (FMV) will acquire 18 Leopard 2 main battle tank (MBT) battle simulators from KNDS, a European holding company that includes German and French defense suppliers Krauss Maffei Wegmann (KMW) and Nexter Systems.

This agreement will build on a supplier-customer relationship that is already 25 years old.

KNDS simulation technology will deliver improvements combining turrets and guidance systems that enable training of the Leopard 2 at both the vehicle and wider platoon levels at the Land Warfare Center in Skodve, central-south Sweden, as well as three other locations army’s.

In addition, the systems offer a realistic combat simulation with up to 1,000 computer-generated forces per exercise.

Combat system in its entirety
Image of the battle simulator system. KNDS.

The Leopard 2 was originally developed in 1979 by KMW as a successor to the Leopard 1 MBT. The platform is in service with the armies of Austria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and Turkey.

It uses a smoothbore weapon – the 120 millimeter (mm) L55 gun – developed by Rheinmetall to replace the shorter 120mm L44 smoothbore gun on the Leopard 2.

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Extending the barrel length from 44 caliber length to 55 caliber length results in more of the available energy in the barrel being converted to projectile velocity increasing range and armor penetration. With DM53 kinetic energy ammunition, the L55 gun can fire at a range of 5,000 meters.

Using software and hardware, KNDS’s new training systems enable integration of the loader’s position using a weapons simulator and include an over-the-hatch vision system solution for the tank commander.

The simulator also includes the integration of the Swedish Command and Control Signal Management System.

Read the original at Defence247.gr

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