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Leopard 2A6 – Main Battle Tank in Ukrainian Service

  • ¥79,200
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This kit helps support Brickmania's Ukrainian Benefit effort with proceeds going to United24. As of January 24, 2023 this amazing community has helped raise $244,595.42 to benefit United 24, Wingmen for Ukraine, Direct Relief, Ukrainian Red Cross, and other organizations directly involved in providing relief to the Ukrainian people – we thank you for your continued support!

About the Leopard 2A6 – Main Battle Tank in Ukrainian Service:

The German Leopard 2A6 is the continuation of Germany’s staunch tank lineup. Its capabilities are on par with, or even surpass, that of the American M1 Abrams family of tanks. The Leopard 1 was born out of the debris of West Germany in 1965. Its development was a joint effort between various European nations to build a Main Battle Tank (MBT) that could go toe-to-toe with the Soviet Union’s frontline tanks. Technological advancements and the changing landscape of warfare prompted the development of an upgraded Leopard tank in the 1970s. In 1979, the Leopard 2 entered service with West Germany as well as a host of other European nations. Early Leopard 2 tanks—up to 2A4–differ from their contemporary counterparts. These used a more vertical, squared off turret compared to the asymmetric, arrow-shaped turret of the 2A5 and later variants. The Leopard 2A6 is currently used by nations around the world and boasts impressive vehicle statistics.

For the 2A6 model, German Defense Company Krauss-Maffei Wegmann (KMW) upgraded the armor, armament, and communications. For armor, the 2A6 uses a combination of composite, modular, and traditional steel. This gives the tank the best protection without compromising performance due to excessive weight. In a world where IEDs, mines, and RPGs are a tanks biggest threat, this armor gives the crew the protection they need in the urban battlefield. Compared to the 2A5, the addition of the Rheinmetal 120mm/L55 smoothbore barrel is the most noticeable difference. This gun is one meter longer than the gun on its predecessor. This greatly improves the tank’s lethality with better range and accuracy. Built-in stabilizers help as the tank moves along rough terrain, while the fire-control system is one of the most advanced, and compares to other tanks in its class, such as the M1A2 Abrams and Challenger II tanks. These advancements include panoramic viewing and thermal imaging to aid in target identification and acquisition. The tank carries forty-two total rounds, with fifteen of them at the ready, as well as two 7.62mm machine guns. One mounted coaxially in the turret, while the other resides on the roof. The tank utilizes a crew of four—commander, driver, gunner, loader—and maintains the same engine as its predecessor. The MTU MB-873 Ka-501 turbocharged diesel engine pushes an impressive 1,500hp, giving the tank excellent speed and range—roughly 42mph and 310 miles.

The Leopard 2A6 is a truly international tank. KMW boasts that 18 countries are currently employing the main battle tank, with 3,500 total units built and delivered. The Leopard 2A6 has recently entered news headlines due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. The Ukrainians believe a reinvigorated Russian offensive is looming and the need for heavier armor is warranted. Most of the armor in Kyiv is from the Soviet era and is lacking the punch to go up against Russian T-90 tanks. Germany has agreed to send 14 Leopard tanks to Ukraine while permitting allied nations to re-export Leopards to Ukraine. The United States is also expected to send Abrams tanks to help in coalition efforts.

Additional information about this Brickmania® custom building kit:

Complete with both German and Ukrainian service markings, this epic creation features a pair of Ukrainian tanker custom minifigs, brick-built NATO camo, all custom printed details, and a wide variety of functionality. Plays features include smooth rolling V3 Track Links™, mounted BrickArms®, an elevating and depressing main gun, working suspension, and functional hatches.

Model Statistics:

Designed by Daniel Siskind
1092 elements
2x custom minifigs
Custom printed elements
Full-color printed building instructions
1/35th scale to match other Brickmania kits
Advanced Skill Level (6-8 years building experience recommended)