Dragon CAN20147 German Panzer Battalion Series (1:144 Scale)
"We must do everything we can to promote anti-tank defense, and work just as hard to guarantee successful counter-attacks through the instrument of powerful tank forces of our own."
- Major-General Heinz Guderian, "Achtung Panzer!"
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 Even though the US had withdrawn from the project, the West Germans, under the auspices of Krauss-Maffei, continued research and development on the renamed Leopard 2 project.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. Sold Out!
The German Panzer Battalion Series consists of the following six vehicles:
- Leopard 1A4 3./Panzerbattallion 304
- Leopard 1A5 3./Panzeraufklarungsbattaillon 1
- Leopard 2A4 1./Panzerbattallion 214
- Leopard 2A5 3./Panzerbattallion 33
- Leopard 2A6 3./Panzerbattallion 403
- MARS 1./Raketenartilleriebattallion 12
Length: 1-1/2 inches
Width: 1 inch