Leopard 2A6 (Sweden)

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This page is about the medium tank Leopard 2A6 (Sweden). For other versions, see Leopard 2 (Family).
▄Leopard 2A6
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GarageImage Leopard 2A6 (Sweden).jpg
▄Leopard 2A6
AB RB SB
11.3 11.3 11.3
Class:
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Purchase:1 060 000 Specs-Card-Lion.png
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Description

The ▄Leopard 2A6 is a rank VII Swedish medium tank with a battle rating of 11.3 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Fire and Ice".

General info

Survivability and armour

Composite armour
Balanced protection against all types of ammunition
Smoke grenades
Creation of a smoke screen in front of the vehicle
Armourfront / side / back
Hull80 / 30 / 20
Turret75 / 80 / 20
Crew4 people
Visibility87 %

The Leopard 2A6 has excellent armour, the hull is well protected and the turret cheeks are just as impenetrable. Add-on hull armour boosts the ability to protect against HEATFS and early APFSDS rounds. The wedges on the front of the turret are able to be blown off if a round with enough energy hits it. This isn't an issue since the armour underneath has ~710 mm of KE protection. The gunner's optic is also moved into the roof to eliminate the weak spot which was easily penetrated by any tank.

Be aware of high-explosive rounds and ATGMs though. If these land on your commander's cupola, the fragments can knock out 3/4 crew members inside the turret. A hit to the lower part of the V-shaped turret cheeks with an ATGM will most likely send fragments into your hull, penetrate and either detonate your ammo or incapacitate several crew members. Don't get hit by an ATGM.

The frontal hull can be penetrated by all APFSDS rounds and ATGM warheads at its BR: if possible, hiding it by hulldowning properly is recommended.

Armour type:

Armour Front (Slope angle) Sides Rear Roof
Hull ___ mm ___ mm Top
___ mm Bottom
___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Turret ___ - ___ mm Turret front
___ mm Gun mantlet
___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm ___ - ___ mm
Cupola ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm ___ mm

Notes:

  • Upper hull and Lower rear hull overlap (10 + 20 mm thick).
  • Upper mantlet add-on and mantlet armour overlap (30 + 400 mm thick).
  • Holes in the engine deck are covered by 8 mm of mesh.

Mobility

Speedforward / back
AB76 / 35 km/h
RB and SB69 / 31 km/h
Number of gears8 forward
4 back
Weight59.9 t
Engine power
AB2 862 hp
RB and SB1 500 hp
Power-to-weight ratio
AB47.8 hp/t
RB and SB25.0 hp/t
Game Mode Max Speed (km/h) Weight (tons) Engine power (horsepower) Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)
Forward Reverse Stock Upgraded Stock Upgraded
Arcade 76 35 59.9 2,032 2,862 33.92 47.78
Realistic 69 31 1,327 1,500 22.15 25.04

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB5 900 → 8 779 Sl icon.png
RB5 750 → 8 556 Sl icon.png
SB6 840 → 10 177 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications464 900 Rp icon.png
466 000 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost2 900 Ge icon.png
Crew training300 000 Sl icon.png
Experts1 060 000 Sl icon.png
Aces2 100 Ge icon.png
Research Aces1 140 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
110 / 180 / 180 % Sl icon.png
238 / 238 / 238 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Mobility Protection Firepower
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Tracks
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank suspension.png
Suspension
Research:
28 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank break.png
Brake System
Research:
28 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank filter.png
Filters
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank transmission.png
Transmission
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank engine.png
Engine
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
Mods tank tool kit.png
Parts
Research:
7 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods extinguisher.png
FPE
Research:
8 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
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Crew Replenishment
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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Horizontal Drive
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods tank ammo.png
120mm_NATO_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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Adjustment of Fire
Research:
28 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
26 000 Sl icon.png
380 Ge icon.png
Mods new tank vertical aiming.png
Elevation Mechanism
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods smoke screen.png
Smoke grenade
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
Mods thermal sight.png
NVD
Research:
25 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
23 000 Sl icon.png
340 Ge icon.png
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Artillery Support
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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120mm_DM_APDS_FS_ammo_pack
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png
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Laser rangefinder
Research:
33 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
31 000 Sl icon.png
450 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Laser rangefinder
Reduces the error and increases the maximum measurable distance of the rangefinder
Night vision device
Improves visibility by enhancing natural light or active illumination.

Main armament

Two-plane stabilizer
Reduces the swing of the gun in two planes while moving
Ammunition42 rounds
First-order15 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
7.8 → 6.0 s
Vertical guidance-9° / 20°
Main article: Rh120 L/55 (120 mm)
120 mm Rh120 L/55 Turret rotation speed (°/s) Reloading rate (seconds)
Mode Capacity Vertical Horizontal Stabilizer Stock Upgraded Full Expert Aced Stock Full Expert Aced
Arcade 42 -9°/+20° ±180° Two-plane 38.1 52.7 64.0 70.8 75.3 7.80 6.90 6.36 6.00
Realistic 23.8 28.0 34.0 37.6 40.0

Ammunition

Penetration statistics
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)
10 m 100 m 500 m 1,000 m 1,500 m 2,000 m
DM12A1 HEATFS 480 480 480 480 480 480
DM33 APFSDS 496 494 486 476 466 456
DM53 APFSDS 652 650 640 628 616 604
Shell details
Ammunition Type of
warhead
Velocity
(m/s)
Projectile
mass (kg)
Fuse delay
(m)
Fuse sensitivity
(mm)
Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
Ricochet
0% 50% 100%
DM12A1 HEATFS 1,190 13.5 0.05 0.1 2.15 65° 72° 77°
DM33 APFSDS 1,690 4.3 - - - 78° 80° 81°
DM53 APFSDS 1,750 5 - - - 78° 80° 81°

Ammo racks

Ammo racks of the Leopard 2A6
Full
ammo
1st
rack empty
2nd
rack empty
Visual
discrepancy
42 16 (+26) (+41) No

Notes:

  • Shells are modeled individually and disappear after having been shot or loaded.
  • Rack 2 is a first stage ammo rack. It totals 15 shells and gets filled first when loading up the tank.
  • This rack is also emptied early: the rack depletion order at full capacity is: 2 - 1.
  • Simply not firing when the gun is loaded will move ammo from rack 1 into rack 2. Firing will interrupt the restocking of the ready rack.

Machine guns

Ammunition4 400 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate1 200 shots/min
Ammunition2 000 rounds
Belt capacity200 rounds
Reloadbasic crew → aces
10.4 → 8.0 s
Fire rate600 shots/min
7.62 mm FN MAG 60-40
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Pintle 2,000 (200) 600 -10°/+75° ±180°
7.62 mm MG3A1
Mount Capacity (Belt) Fire rate Vertical Horizontal
Coaxial 4,400 (200) 1,200 N/A N/A

Usage in battles

The Leopard 2A6 retains almost the same mobility and exactly the same armour as Leopard 2A5. It does have a better gun with a better round. Yet, its playstyle remains the same.

Hull-Down Long Distance Combat

The Leopard 2A6's turret is one of the hardest in the game to penetrate. But, it shares the same weak spot as any other vehicle at its BR - the mantlet area. It can also be destroyed by a well-aimed shot with an ATGM. To eliminate the risk of getting penetrated in the gun mantlet, the use of commander's thermals which are at the roof are recommended for scouting the area without exposing the turret itself at all. Make sure to always enable Commander's fire control, so the turret itself rotates with the sight. When you spot a target, you can use the laser rangefinder whilst still being in commander's view, then switch to gunner's sight, quickly peek, eliminate the target and quickly reverse back behind cover. Your turret will be exposed for only around 2 seconds, giving your target very slim chances to retaliate. Stay still only when taking a shot at the target, never any longer, since the longer you stay exposed, the higher the risk that your gun, along with some crew members is going to get taken out. This strategy makes you more or less immortal. You can fight and win against multiple opponents at a distance. CAS and flankers can still defeat you though. Watch your flanks.

Close-Quarters Combat

Use 3rd person view in close quarters, always. This gives you a much better situational awareness than 10 degrees of FoV in gunner's sight. Night battles are an exception, you can use commander's thermals at medium ranges, which have a better FoV than the gunner's sight. Rotate your camera around all the time. Have your headphones on and watch out for engine sounds. They can give you a heads up against an enemy coming close that you don't see yet. In close quarters, any vehicle at your BR can penetrate you and so can you. Don't rush around mindlessly and pay attention to your surroundings. Sticking around your teammates can improve your lifespan. Since you can get penetrated easily from the front, you always have to shoot first to win. You need to be especially careful against Swedish Leopards and all Russian T-series tanks at your BR, since you have to aim for their weak spots more precisely than they need to aim at yours. If they manage to shoot you anywhere in the hull or the mantlet area, you have a problem. Meanwhile, you have to aim at the driver's hatch of T-series or the mantlet from the front and in the case of Strv 122s, only the mantlet is a reliable way of disabling them from the front. Never, ever peek around a corner if the enemy behind it is aiming at the corner. Your chances of shooting first are slim to none and you will most likely die. If uneven terrain such as a hill separates you and there is an enemy vehicle that is aware of you and aiming at you, you can peek first, provided you do it properly - don't use gunner's sight. Use 3rd person view and aim with the center of the outer crosshair circle directly at their mantlet area. Then, peek as fast as you can and as soon as you see the inner crosshair circle connect with what you are aiming at, take the shot immediately. When you learn to do this quickly enough, you will always win in this situation against any vehicle you face. If an enemy vehicle is rushing at you and going to peek around a corner, let them. You can easily shoot faster than they do.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Incredibly powerful gun with the DM53 high penetrating kinetic round (650 mm of penetration at 100 m)
  • Impenetrable turret cheeks, the add-on wedge armour makes the turret cheeks immune from every shell in the game (average of 850 mm against APFSDS and 1,450 mm against HEAT), combined with a small mantlet weak spot, this tank has one of the toughest turrets in the game
  • Commander's camera with 2nd generation thermal imager - binoculars on steroids
  • Good armour on the UFP (430 mm against APFSDS), immune to older shells; though all vehicles at its BR except some SPAAs can reliably penetrate it without an issue
  • Extremely good gun handling for an MBT: 40°/s both turret rotation speed and gun elevation speed (with Ace crew) and -9°/+20° of vertical guidance
  • Side turret covered by add-on armour can bounce early APFSDS shells and newer ones too if you get lucky
  • Gunner optics are now mounted on top of the turret, removing the annoying weak spot present on the Leopard 2A4
  • Cannon barrel and cannon breech can absorb impact rounds which may otherwise penetrate the turret and injure crew members

Cons:

  • Lower glacis can still be penetrated by most shells, ~250 mm of KE protection against APFSDS, similar to most MBTs. Late Abrams variants are an exception with ~400 mm
  • 16 shells in the ready-rack may be insufficient when playing in Arcade Battles, you have to aim for weak points and be prepared to fall back and wait for a minute for the rack to replenish
  • Huge hull ammo-rack if more than 16 shells are carried consequently making the tank vulnerable to HE shells and presenting an annoying weak spot in the hull. You can carry 21 or 27 rounds, they will be stored only in the lower plate. More than that is not recommended for close-quarters. It is both dangerous and unnecessary (no way you can spend 27 rounds in a city engagement)
  • A penetrating shot on the left side of the hull will most likely knock out the driver, gunner and commander, thus destroying the tank
  • A penetrating shell on the right side of the hull will most likely hit the ammo-rack, destroying the tank (if you carry more than 16 rounds)
  • The wedges can be shot off with several hits, though the turret cheeks alone provide 710 mm against KE
  • Despite all the added armour, the turret ring and the mantlet are both easily penetrated, and the enemy will most likely aim at these two spots to disable or destroy the tank

History

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See also

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Sweden medium tanks
Strv m/42  Lago I · Strv m/42 EH · Ikv 73 · Strv m/42 DT
Centurion derivatives  Strv 81 · Strv 81 (RB 52) · Strv 101 · Strv 104 · Strv 105
Strv 103  Strv 103-0 · Strv 103A · Strv 103С
Strv 121/122  Strv 121 · Strv 122A · Strv 122B PLSS
Other  T 80 U
Finland 
WWII  ▄T-28 · ▄T-34 · ▄Pz.IV · ▄T-34-85
Post War  ▄Comet I · ▄Charioteer Mk VII · ▄T-54 · T-55M · T-72M1 · ▄Leopard 2A4 · ▄Leopard 2A6
Norway  Leopard 1A5NO