|This page is about the medium tank Leopard 2A5. For other uses, see Leopard (Family).|
The Leopard 2A5 is a Rank VII German medium tank with a battle rating of 10.7 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.87 "Locked On".
The succeeding variant of the Leopard 2A4, the Leopard 2A5 is distinguished by an overall improved turret front armour, most notably with the add-on armour bulks in the turret front, giving a wedge-shape rather than the flat shapes that the 2A4 variant presented.
Survivability and armour
The Leopard 2A5 has improved armour compared to its predecessor, the hull is much better protected and the already impenetrable turret cheeks have more protection on the side of the turret. Add-on armour boosts the ability to protect against HEAT-FS and early ADFSDS rounds. The wedges on the front of the turret are able to be blown off if a round with enough energy hits it.The gunners optic is also moved into the roof to eliminate the weak spot which was easily penetrated by any tank.
One big changeover along with the armour wedges in the front is the repositioning of the gunner's sight. In the 2A4, the gunner's sight in the turret front presented a weakness that was easily compromised. In the 2A5, the gunner's sight was relocated to the turret roof, and so this weakness is no longer present on the 2A5. Additionally, the large mantlet of the 2A4 has been replaced by a far smaller and more armoured mantlet, making it far harder to hit, though most ammunition at top tier can still penetrate it easily.
Be aware of Soviet tanks though! Most of them will carry their HE rounds that can easily destroy you anywhere they hit. A hit directly to the turret will most likely send fragments into your hull, penetrate and lets your fuel tank explode or at least set a fire and knock out the gun barrel.
|Armour||Front (Slope angle)||Sides||Rear||Roof|
|Hull||35 mm (53-82°) Upper glacis
40 mm (50-51°) Lower glacis
|10 mm (5°) Upper hull
35 mm (0°) Lower forward hull
20 mm (0°) Lower rear hull
|20 mm (12-50°) All rear||20 mm (0-8°) Hull roof incl. engine deck|
|Turret||80 mm (57-59°) Right cheek add-on
80 mm (55-58°) Left cheek add-on
30 mm (63°) Upper mantlet add-on
400 mm (1°) Mantlet armour
250 mm (9°) Mantlet shroud
|80 mm (20-22°) Right add-on
80 mm (22°) Left add-on
35 mm (0°) Forward
15 mm (0°) Rear
|20 mm (10°) Basket
20 mm (70°) Turret underside
|35 - 40 mm (80-89°) Forehead Armour|
14 mm (68-82°) Forward sides
20 mm (89°) Rear turret
20 mm (83°) Basket
400 mm Kinetic
600 mm Chemical
|Turret|| turret cheeks
800 mm Kinetic
1200 mm Chemical
Gun mantlet (Center)
Gun mantlet (Outer)
| Side armour|
260 mm Kinetic
230 - 285 mm Chemical
- 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
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
The only drawback compared to the previous model would be the Leopard 2A5's mobility since despite the 4 tons increase in weight, the engine remains the same, so the Leopard 2A5 is both slower and less manoeuvrable compared to the Leopard 2A4, but it can still keep up with the other nations MBTs.
|120 mm Rheinmetall L44|
|Turret rotation speed (°/s)|
|Mode||Stock||Upgraded||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Stock||Prior + Full crew||Prior + Expert qualif.||Prior + Ace qualif.|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration in mm @ 0° Angle of Attack|
|Ammunition|| Type of
Mass in kg
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive Mass in g
| Normalization At 30°
|42||16 (+26)||1 (+41)||No|
|7.62 mm MG 3A1|
|Capacity (Belt capacity)|| Fire rate
| Horizontal |
|Pintle mount (Loader)|
|Capacity (Belt capacity)|| Fire rate
| Horizontal |
Usage in battles
The leopard 2a5 is one of the best MBT in the game. It is characterized by an excellent balance between firepower, mobility, and protection. The turret armor is very thick, with a spaced composite wedge stopping any APFSDS in game, and one of the smallest cannon breach weak spots of the MBTs. The upper front plate will stop some lower tier rounds, and the turret ring will absorb most APFSDS rounds. In terms of firepower, the L44 120mm cannon firing DM33 rounds is comparable to most other top MBTs. The mobility is adequate compared to other top MBTs. Additionally, the commander’s thermals give an edge to the Leopard 2a5 that many other tanks do not have. The one weakness of the Leopard 2a5 is the ammo rack next to the driver. This ammo rack will fill up after the first 16 rounds (which are stored safely in a blow out panel protected ammo rack in the turret). This means that taking more than 16 rounds can endanger the Leopard 2a5.
These characteristics mean that the Leopard 2a5 is a true Main Battle Tank, capable of taking on any role on the battlefield. It excels at hull down sniping especially, due to its turret armor and commander’s thermals, but is also a capable brawler due to its mobility (although drivers should try to hide the weak side armor). Generally, whatever gameplay style you prefer, it is best practice to try and hide your hull and only expose your turret to enemy fire.
There are many competitive vehicles at top tier. Almost any vehicle can destroy the Leopard 2a5 from the side, as the side armor is particularly thin. Most players consider the Leopard 2a5 to be slightly superior to most MBTs, but the STRV 122 is quite literally just an improved leopard. This Swedish MBT has added protection on the upper front plate, which protects it from DM33 and other APFSDS rounds.
|II||Suspension||Brake System||FPE||Adjustment of Fire|
|III||Filters||Crew Replenishment||Elevation Mechanism||Smoke grenade||NVD|
|IV||Transmission||Engine||Artillery Support||DM33||Laser rangefinder|
The first modifications to research should be Parts and FPE. After that, aim for the NVD, DM33, Laser rangefinder, or mobility upgrades, depending on the desired playstyle.
Pros and cons
- Excellent 120 mm gun, DM33 APFSDS is capable of penetrating up to 481 mm maximum at point-blank range
- Impenetrable turret cheeks, the add-on wedge armour makes the turret immune from every shell in the game (average of 850 mm against long rod APFSDS and 1,450 mm against HEAT)
- Extremely good armour on the UFP (430mm against long rod APFSDS), immune to every shell in the game except DM33, M829, L26, OFL 120 G1, 3BM42 and CL3143
- Great gun handling: 40°/s turret rotation speed (with Ace crew) and -9°/+20° of vertical guidance
- Side turret covered by add-on armour can bounce early APFSDS shells
- 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 absorbs impact rounds which may otherwise penetrate the turret and injure crews
- Very good thermal imaging quality (800 x 600)
- Has access to commander thermals
- Lower glacis can still be penetrated by most shells
- 16 shells in the ready-rack may be insufficient when playing in Arcade Battles
- Huge hull ammo-rack if more than 16 shells are carried
- Hull ammo-rack consequently makes the tank extremely vulnerable to HE shells
- A penetrating shot on the left side of the hull will most likely knock out the driver, gunner and commander, thus destroying the tank
- DM12A1 HEAT-FS, though very useful against light vehicles, costs 410 SL
- The wedges can be shot off with several hits, though the turret cheeks alone provide 650 mm against KE
- Tank's weight is 4 tons increased while the engine is still the same, making the Leopard 2A5 slower compared to the 2A4
- Despite all the added armour, the turret ring and driver's hatch are both easily penetrated, and the enemy will most likely aim at these two spots to disable or destroy the tank
In 1988, German engineers began work on modernizing the Leopard 2 main battle tank. Improvements were made to the tank’s defensive capabilities, primarily the turret armour. Moreover, the 2A5 model was fitted with an electric stabiliser instead of the electro-hydraulic variant that the previous versions used.
The gunner received improved and less vulnerable optics, and the tank commander – a panoramic periscope with thermal imaging. The build of the driver’s hatch was also modified, along with several other minor improvements made to the general design.
Leading to the 2A5 modernization program being officially approved by the military officials of Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands. It is interesting to note that the models exported to the last two countries on the list were actually different from the ones issued to the German army – for instance, the Bundeswehr tanks received no extra frontal hull armour. Production of Leopard 2A5 tanks began in 1995. Overall, 350 earlier-version Leopards were upgraded as a result of the program.
- From Devblog
Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.
- Leopard 2A4 - Preceding vehicle
|Germany medium tanks|
|Pz.III||Pz.III B · Pz.III E · Pz.III F · Pz.III J · Pz.III J1 · Pz.III J1 TD · Pz.III L · Pz.III M · Pz.III N|
|Pz.IV||Pz.IV C · Pz.IV E · Pz.IV F1 · Pz.IV F2 · Pz.IV G · Pz.IV H · Pz.IV J · Pz.Bef.Wg.IV J|
|Pz.V||Panther A · Panther D · Panther F · Panther G · Ersatz M10 · Panther II|
|Trophies||▀M4 748 (a) · ▀T 34 747 (r)|
|Post-war||KPz-70 · mKPz M47 G · M48A2 C · M48A2 G A2 · M48 Super|
|Leopard 1||Leopard I · Leopard A1A1 · Leopard A1A1 (L/44) · Leopard 1A5 · C2A1|
|Leopard 2||Leopard 2K · Leopard 2A4 · Leopard 2 PL · Leopard 2A5 · Leopard 2A6|