Minichamps MIN350011007 German Kampfpanzer Leopard 2A4 Main Battle Tank - Panzerbataillon 33, Luttmersen, Germany, 2007 (1:35 Scale)
"I vow to faithfully serve the Federal Republic of Germany and to bravely defend the right and the freedom of the German people."
- Ceremonial oath of the Bundeswehr
The Leopard 2 was an offshoot of the MBT-70 -- a cancelled joint development project between the USA and West Germany undertaken 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 Even though the US had withdrawn from the project, the West Germans, under the auspices of Krauss-Maffei, continued research and development on the renamed Leopard 2 project.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 while the West German 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, and nuclear, biological and chemical defense system (NBC), and can conduct shallow amphibious operations. Its fire control system is unusual because the cartridge cases are combustible, which can lead to internal fires. 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.
Now Minichamps has created a gorgeous 1:35 scale diecast replica of the all-powerful Leopard 2A4 main battle tank. This stunning recreation features a rotating turret, elevating gun, working suspension, and treads that are made of flexible metal links! This particular 2A4 main battle tank served with Panzerbataillon 33, during 2007. This item has been cancelled by the manufacturer
Length: 10.5 inches
Width: 3.75 inches
Height: 2.75 inches
Historical Account: "Branching Out" - The Bundeswehr is divided into the military part (armed forces or Streitkrafte) and the civil part with the armed forces administration (Wehrverwaltung), the federal bureau of procurement (Bundesamt fur Wehrtechnik und Beschaffung) and the federal bureau for information management and information technology of the Bundeswehr (Bundesamt fur Informationsmanagement und Informationstechnik der Bundeswehr, sometimes abbreviated as IT-AmtBw). The military part of the federal defense force consists of Army (Heer), Navy (Marine), Air Force (Luftwaffe), Joint Support Service (Streitkraftebasis), and Central Medical Services (Zentraler Sanitatsdienst) branches.
The Bundeswehr has 200,500 professional soldiers, 55,000 18-25 year-old conscripts who serve for at least nine months under current rules, and 2,500 active reservists at any given time. The number of civilian employees is to be reduced to 75,000 during the coming years. Roughly 300,000 reservists are available to the Armed Forces and participate in defense exercises as well as abroad deployments.
Women have served in the medical service since 1975. In 2000, in a lawsuit brought up by Tanja Kreil, the European Court of Justice issued a ruling allowing women to serve in more roles than previously allowed. Since 2001 they can serve in all functions of service without restriction, but they are not subject to conscription. There are presently around 14,500 women on active duty and a number of female reservists who take part in all duties including peacekeeping missions and other operations. Two female medical officers have been promoted to the rank of General so far.