The Leopard 2 was an offshoot of the MBT-70 -- a cancelled joint development project between the USA and West Germany in the late 1960s. Even though the US had withdrawn from the project, the West Germans, under the auspices of Krauss-Maffei, continued research and development on the renamed Leopard 2 project. In 1977, the first production vehicles were delivered and exported to the smaller Dutch Army. The Bundeswehr waited a couple of years before it too was equipped with the powerful new main battle tank. The Leopard 2 is outfitted with a laser rangefinder, thermal-imaging equipment, a nuclear, biological and chemical defense system (NBC) and amphibious capability. Its fire control system is unusual because the cartridge cases are combustible. The Leopard 2 has a 30% better power-to-weight ratio than the Leopard I, which results in increased cross-country mobility and a higher survivability rate on the battlefield.
This particular 1:35 scale replica of a Leopard 2 has been painted in an awesome tri-color European camouflage scheme.
Length: 10.5 inches
Width: 3.75 inches
Height: 2.75 inches