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PzAufk Leopard 1A1
WEE Leopard1A1
Info
Nation Flag Germany West Germany
Class Armored Recon
Cost 30 Supply
Specifications
Armor Front 5 / Side 2 / Rear 2 / Top 1
Icon WALB Strength 10
Size Medium
Optics

Good

Speed 65 km/h
Road Speed 110 km/h
Icon WALB Stealth Medium
Fuel Capacity 100 L
Icon WALB Autonomy 600 km
Icon WALB Year 1980
Icon WALB Type Mechanized, Armored, Motorized, Support
Weapons
Main Gun L7A3 (105mm)

The West German Leopard 1A1 is the first NATO main battle tank players will be introduced to when entering the single player campaign. The Leopard 1A1 can also be found in the Start NATO Deck. The Leopard 1A1 allows to unlock it's variants: the Leopard 1A2, Leopard 1A3, Leopard 1A4, and Leopard 1A5. The Leopard (or Leopard 1) is a main battle tank designed and produced in West Germany that first entered service in 1965. Developed in an era when HEAT warheads were thought to make conventional heavy armour of limited value, the Leopard focused on firepower in the form of the German-built version of the British L7 105-mm gun, and improved cross-country performance that was unmatched by other designs of the era. In Wargame: Red Dragon, Leopard 1A1 is rerolled to Armored Recon as PzAuft Leopard 1A1.

HistoryEdit

Leopard 1Edit

The Leopard 1 design started as a collaborative project between Germany and France in the 1950s, but the partnership ended and the final design was ordered by the Bundeswehr, production starting in 1965. In total 6,485 Leopard tanks have been built, of which 4,744 were battle tanks and 1741 were utility and anti-aircraft variants, not including eighty prototypes and pre-series vehicles.

The Leopard quickly became a standard of European forces, and eventually served as the main battle tank in over a dozen countries worldwide. Since 1990, the Leopard 1 has gradually been relegated to secondary roles in most armies. In the German Army, the Leopard 1 MBTs have been phased out in 2003 while Leopard 1 derived vehicles are still widely used. The Leopard 2 MBTs have taken over the MBT role. Leopard hulls have been re-used in a wide variety of roles.

Leopard 1A1Edit

After the first batch was delivered the next three batches were the Leopard 1A1 model, which included a new gun stabilization system from Cadillac-Gage, allowing the tank to fire effectively on the move. The 1A1 also added the now-famous "skirts" along the sides to protect the upper tracks, and a new thermal jacket on the gun barrel to control heating. A less important change was to use rectangular rubber blocks fastened to the treads with a single pin instead of the earlier two-pin "shaped" versions. The rubber blocks could be easily replaced with metal X-shaped crampons for movement on ice and snow in the winter.

Between 1974 and 1977 all of the machines in the first four batches were brought to the same Leopard 1A1A1 standard, and given additional turret armor developed by Blohm & Voss. A further upgrade in the 1980s added leftover image-intensifier night sights which were being handed down from the Leopard 2 as they were themselves upgraded. The PZB 200 image intensification system was mounted in a large box on the upper right of the gun, creating the Leopard 1A1A2. A further upgrade with SEM80/90 all-digital radios created the Leopard 1A1A3.

WeaponsEdit

European EscalationEdit

Weapons L7a3
Type Main Gun No Weapon No Weapon
Name L7A3
Caliber 105mm
Ammo x 40 rounds
Range Ground = N/A m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Accuracy 3
Icon WRD Stabilizer N/A
AP Power 5
HE Power 3
Icon WALB Suppression N/A
Rate of fire 7 r/min

Red Dragon Edit

Weapons WRD Icon L7A3
Type Main Gun No Weapon No Weapon
Name L7A3
Caliber 105mm
Ammo x 37
Range Ground = 1925 m
Helicopters = N/A m
Icon WALB Airplanes = N/A m
Accuracy 35%
Icon WRD Stabilizer 30%
AP Power 12
HE Power 3
Icon WALB Suppression 121
Rate of fire 10 r/min

GalleryEdit

See AlsoEdit

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