Leopard 2A5 (YouTube Cup)
The Leopard 2A5, a formidable main battle tank, emerged as the pinnacle of German engineering and design in the late 20th century. Introduced in 1995 as an advanced iteration of the Leopard 2 family, the 2A5 showcased its prowess during the 21st-century conflicts. This tank's innovative features, including modular composite armour enhancements and advanced fire control systems, made it a stalwart on the battlefield. Its baptism of fire came in the early 2000s, notably during NATO's involvement in Afghanistan. With its powerful Rheinmetall 120 mm smoothbore gun, the Leopard 2A5 could accurately engage targets at extended ranges, solidifying its reputation as a precision weapon. Its capabilities were further demonstrated during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where it played a pivotal role in coalition forces. A combination of cutting-edge technology, unmatched firepower, and adaptability ensured the Leopard 2A5's enduring legacy, making it a symbol of armoured supremacy well into the 21st century.
The ␙Leopard 2A5 was introduced during Update 1.89 "Imperial Navy" as a grand prize for the 2019 YouTube Cup. The Leopard 2A5's exceptional mobility and robust powerplant further enhance its capability to swiftly manoeuvre on the battlefield, enabling it to quickly identify and engage enemy targets. Whether facing contemporary adversaries like the Russian T-90 or older models like the T-72, the Leopard 2A5's exceptional combination of armour, firepower, and manoeuvrability cements its position as a dominant force in tank-to-tank combat, reaffirming its status as a pre-eminent mainstay in modern armoured warfare.
Survivability and armour
The Leopard 2A5's armour represents a pinnacle of armour, which provides exceptional protection against a wide spectrum of threats encountered on the battlefield. Its modular composite armour system configuration optimizes the tank's resistance to various types of projectiles, dispersing and dissipating their energy upon impact. The tank's turret and hull are heavily armoured, with extra emphasis on critical areas like the frontal arc. The Leopard 2A5's turret spaced armour design further enhances its survivability. By creating air gaps between armour layers, the tank can disrupt the penetration capabilities of shaped-charge warheads, such as those found on anti-tank guided missiles. This design concept effectively minimizes the impact of these threats, providing an additional layer of defense against them. Blowout panels in the Leopard 2A5 serve as critical safety features designed to mitigate the potential catastrophic consequences of an ammunition detonation within the tank. These panels are positioned on the turret, surrounding the ammunition storage compartments. In the unfortunate event of an internal explosion, often triggered by enemy fire or other factors, the blowout panels are able to rapidly release the high-pressure gases and energy away from the crew compartment.
|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 Lower forward hull 20 mm Lower rear hull||20 mm (12-50°)||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 Mantlet armour 250 mm (9°) Mantlet shroud||80 mm (20-22°) Right add-on 80 mm (22°) Left add-on 35 mm Forward 15 mm 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||N/A
800 mm Kinetic 1200 mm Chemical Gun mantlet (Center) 260 - 325 mm Kinetic 600 - 690 mm Chemical Gun mantlet (Outer) 425 - 460 mm Kinetic 825 - 905 Chemical||Side armour 260 mm Kinetic 230 - 285 mm Chemical
The Leopard 2A5's holds a robust engine generating around 1,500 horsepower. This substantial power output translates into remarkable acceleration, agility, and speed, crucial for swift tactical manoeuvres and rapid responses to emerging threats. With a horsepower-to-weight ratio of approximately 24 to 26 horsepower per ton, depending on upgrades, the Leopard 2A5 effortlessly maintains its exceptional mobility even while carrying its formidable armour and weaponry. This formidable powerplant not only empowers the tank to conquer challenging terrains but also contributes to its ability to efficiently navigate inclines, ford water obstacles, and surmount various barriers. As a result, the Leopard 2A5's potent horsepower significantly enhances its overall mobility, responsiveness, and tactical versatility, solidifying its position as a dominant and highly manoeuvrable force on the modern battlefield.
|Game Mode||Max Speed (km/h)||Weight (tons)||Engine power (horsepower)||Power-to-weight ratio (hp/ton)|
Modifications and economy
The Leopard 2A5's weaponry and capabilities position it as a formidable force on the modern battlefield. At the heart of its offensive power is the Rheinmetall 120 mm smoothbore gun, renowned for its accuracy and penetrating capabilities. This gun can fire a variety of munitions, including armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS) rounds and high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) rounds, enabling the tank to engage a wide range of targets with precision and effectiveness. The tank's advanced fire control system and integrated laser rangefinder allow the Leopard 2A5 to engage and neutralize enemy vehicles at extended ranges. The combat effectiveness is greatly enhanced by its utilization of the DM53 armour-piercing fin-stabilized discarding sabot (APFSDS) round. This advanced ammunition represents a pinnacle of tank projectiles, optimized for penetrating even the most formidable enemy armour. This formidable synergy allows the Leopard 2A5, armed with the DM53 APFSDS round, to confidently engage heavily armoured threats at distances surpassing 2 kilometres (1.24 miles) and prevail in engagements that demand superior penetration capabilities.
|120 mm Rh120 L/44||Turret rotation speed (°/s)||Reloading rate (seconds)|
|Ammunition|| Type of
|Penetration @ 0° Angle of Attack (mm)|
|10 m||100 m||500 m||1,000 m||1,500 m||2,000 m|
|Ammunition|| Type of
| Fuse delay
| Fuse sensitivity
| Explosive mass
(TNT equivalent) (kg)
|42||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__ (+__)||__|
In addition to its main gun, the Leopard 2A5 is equipped with secondary armaments, including a coaxial machine gun and a roof-mounted machine gun, providing effective anti-air and close-range defense capabilities.
|7.62 mm MG3A1|
|Mount||Capacity (Belt)||Fire rate||Vertical||Horizontal|
Usage in battles
In the realm of armoured combat, the Leopard 2A5 emerges as a paragon of tactical ingenuity, harmonizing cutting-edge technology with strategic finesse. This formidable main battle tank showcases its prowess through a dynamic symphony of tactics. Adopting an ambush approach with its superb mobility, the Leopard 2A5 capitalizes on its lethal firepower and precision, lying in wait within concealed terrain before swiftly shifting positions to confound adversaries. The Leopard 2A5 seamlessly integrates the concept of hull-down defense. By leveraging its robust armour and taking advantage of natural cover, the tank presents only its turret to the enemy while maintaining its potent offensive capabilities. This tactic not only magnifies protection but ensures that the tank remains a relentless and unyielding force on the battlefield. With a prowess akin to a predator, the Leopard 2A5 embraces flank and rear attacks as a means to exploit its exceptional mobility. Executing lightning-quick manoeuvres, it manoeuvres to the peripheries of the battlefield, exposing enemy tanks to its voracious appetite for destruction. Through these cunning manoeuvres, the tank preys on unsuspecting opponents, targeting their weaker armour and flanks, thus dismantling the enemy team.
Pros and cons
- Excellent 120 mm gun, DM53 APFSDS is capable of penetrating up to 623 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)
- Good armour on the UFP (430 mm against APFSDS), immune to older shells; though many top-tier tanks possess shells which can go straight through
- 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
- Gun breech and mantlet has a smaller profile than other western MBTs
- Good thermal imaging quality (Generation 2 for Binoculars, 800 x 600, and Generation 1 for Gunner's view, 500 x 300)
- Lower glacis can still be penetrated by most shells (but is expected for most MBTs)
- 16 shells in the ready-rack may be insufficient when playing in Arcade Battles
- If your turret ammo rack is shot, you might survive but then you lose all your unloaded ammo storage
- Huge hull ammo-rack if more than 16 shells are carried consequently making 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
- A penetrating shell on the right side of the hull will most likely hit the ammo-rack, destroying the tank
- Just like all Leopard series, raised engine deck means less gun depression when the turret is facing the rear
- 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 (YouTube Cup) 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
- Is outperformed by its successor, the Leopard 2A6, in terms of firepower. The longer L/55 cannon on the Leopard 2A6 increases the performance of both DM33 and DM53 shells.
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