Leopard 1A5Main Battle Tank Cosford Museum

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Leopard 1A5Main Battle Tank Cosford Museum

Post  Parabat on Thu Dec 27 2012, 08:18

The German Army's Main Battle Tank during the 80's, developed from the Leopard 1A1A1. The Leopard 1A5 was made by Kraus Maffei. It had a 105mm main gun with a 7.62mm co-axial machine gun.

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Here, the picture was taken from the gantry, the turret and gun are rotated almost 180 degrees to the rear. This was done purely to fit the tank into the museum, where space is at a premium.
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Closer view of the turret top showing the smoke dischargers, hatches and rear stowage bin.
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A bit dark, but some good detail of the gun mantlet and the fabric at the gun joint.
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Upper rear decking showing the tow cable stowing arrangement.
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Close up of the turret armour. It is bolt-on Lexan plates and is mounted about 5cm (2") away from the turret. It provides extra protection by 'prematurely' detonating anti-tank rounds which then have a much reduced effect on the main armour.
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Close up of rightside of mantlet.
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Close up of the exhaust grill at the left rear of the Leopard, there is another exhaust grill at the right rear too. You can also see the Lexan side skirts.
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Lexan side skirts (German armour (apart from the Challenger II) are the only armour to have 'wavy' side skirts) and above this the tow cable and you can also see where the tools would be secured to the sides.
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Front left. Here you can see the large hull winch point.
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Close up the track links
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Rubber covered road wheels and the suspension
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Wider angle of the above picture.
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Front right, you can see the rubberised shroud over the front of the tracks, the shallow sloped glacis plate (the front, top 'nose' of the tank) and the driver's vision ports.

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Rear right
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Rear centre
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Rear left, you can see the exhuast grille at a 45 degree angle.
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Re: Leopard 1A5Main Battle Tank Cosford Museum

Post  joshdaarmyboy on Thu Dec 27 2012, 08:42

Thanks for the images,

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Re: Leopard 1A5Main Battle Tank Cosford Museum

Post  Parabat on Thu Dec 27 2012, 09:02

No probs Wink
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