On July 7, 2004, the first mine-protected MBT LEOPARD 2 will be handed over to the German and Swedish users at a hand-over ceremony at Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) in Munich.

In September 2003, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann was awarded a contract for mine protection of the MBT LEOPARD 2 for the German and Swedish Armed Forces. In the case of the German MBT LEOPARD 2, the contract covers the complete modification of the vehicle. For Sweden Krauss-Maffei Wegmann supplies the complete modification kits for the vehicles.

In what may be called a model of co-operation, the international working group (Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden and Norway) under the lead responsibility of BWB jointly defined the mine protection concept for the MBT LEOPARD 2. This concept was developed with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann as prime contractor and leading systems engineering company in the army technology sector.

The high level of mine protection is achieved through an innovative overall system concept consisting of add-on armour elements, innovative seat systems and re-stowage arrangements.

The MBT LEOPARD 2 is the world’s first battle tank to feature this high level of protection against current anti-tank mines.