lyle6 wrote:If ever some retard appears and says the current firepower suite of the Leopard 2s are in parity let alone overmatch versus modernized Russian armor:
Be it resolved by the Committee on Defense:
The Federal Government is requested,
to include in the 2021 budget the residual development and qualification of the 120mm KE2020Neo ammunition for the Leopard 2 CPC and to conclude a contract without delay. A report on implementation is to be submitted to the Defense Committee by March 31, 2021 at the latest.
1. The L55 120mm tank gun system in use today in conjunction with the KE DM63 is no longer capable of successfully engaging the modernized portion of the Russian KPz fleet (several thousand vehicles) in the duel situation.
2. development of new 120 mm ammunition (KE2020Neo) would significantly reduce the capability gap to VJTF 2027 and provide the technological basis for closing this gap.
3. the current generation Leopard 2 main battle tank currently uses a KE ammunition with a penetrator technology dating back to 1995. modern reactive armor (Explosive Reactive Armour; ERA) such as the 3rd generation ERA (Relikt), which are and will be retrofitted to Russian main battle tanks even of older design (e.g.use in KPz T72B3, KPz T90M/MS), can no longer be successfully engaged with the existing KE ammunition. Therefore, there is an acute capability gap of the entire Leopard fleet in Germany and in the worldwide 120 mm user community including all NATO partners.
Thanks lyle6 for the interesting document.
Anyway this is a situation going on since a long while for western tank ammunitions designers; in the frontal projection, at tactically relevant distances, theirs most advanced tank's main gun subcaliber kinetic and cumulative ammunitions would have a very hard time in penetrating the latest modified (beginning of 2000 years ) "Контакт-5" in combination with realtively outdated passive armor composition let alone modern domestic armor compostition with "Реликт".
As said also in the same document the projected KE2020Neo ammunition (around 20% improvement over DM63) will only partially reduce the penetration potential gap against "Реликт" - it will represent an intermediate step and the technological basis for the exaustion of the potential of the 120 mm caliber guns -.
The main problem for them is that, after "Реликт", two entire gerations of dynamic protections has been completed in domestic scientifical Institutions of the field ,the second of which (barely calssifiable for working mechanism in the same class of K-5 or Реликт) will be mass produced in the new line of unified armoured vehicles family and begun already research for a third generation after "Реликт".
Within some years, very likely, also theirs researchs on 130 mm main guns will be quickly redirected toward 140 mm caliber.