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Leopard finds home in Indonesia

27th May 2016 - 08:50 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Hong Kong

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The first eight Leopard 2 RI main battle tanks (MBT) reached Indonesian shores in May.

With ‘RI’ denoting the Republic of Indonesia, these vehicles taken from surplus German Army stocks were upgraded from 2A4 configuration by Rheinmetall Defence.

The Leopard 2 RI features an add-on armour Advanced Modular Armour Protection (AMAP) suite from IBD, plus all-electric gun control equipment to replace its existing electro-hydraulic system.

The driver also benefits from a rear-view camera, plus a 17kW auxiliary power unit is fitted to power the air-conditioning and other systems. Another modification to the 120mm L/44 main gun and associated sighting system …

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