A special version of the Leopard 2 series tank, which has been specifically designed for urban combat, featuring improved defensive capabilities. Meet this new German top-tier tank, coming in the “Sons of Attila” update!
Leopard 2 PSO, MBT, Germany, rank VII
- Additional armor — useful protection!
- Modern Fire Control System.
- Upgraded engine to help compensate for the additional armor.
- .50 Cal gun on the turret roof.
- Bulldozer blade.
The Leopard 2 PSO, with PSO standing for “Peace Support Operations”, was KMW’s proactive development of the Bundeswehr’s requirements for a tank that needed to be adapted for urban warfare peacekeeping operations. As a result of this version, the Leopard 2 PSO features a compact Euro-Powerpack engine, and has been equipped with optional equipment, capable of being fitted for whatever mission is at hand. The Leopard 2 PSO’s hull has been equipped with additional armor modules on the sides and on the turret, as well as reinforced underbody protection. The modernization of Leopard 2 tanks under the PSO program was first delayed and then eventually abandoned in favor of upgrading tanks to the Leopard 2A7 specification.
The Leopard 2 PSO will be coming to the game at rank VII of the German ground forces research tree in the upcoming major update “Sons of Attila”! This upgraded variant will offer more protection, as well as a new engine and additional combat capabilities. Let’s dive further into the details!
Specifically designed for urban combat environments, the Leopard 2 PSO features additional modules of armor that have been added to the sides of the hull and turret — which are typically the most vulnerable areas of the Leopard’s armor layout. Thanks to the addition of this extra protection, the Leopard 2 PSO will now have increased survivability against shaped charge rounds, as well as hits against autocannon fire. These additional armor modules can also improve protection against kinetic shells fired from other MBTs, but typically kinetic shells will have no problem against this extra protection!
Moving onto a more obvious part of the Leopard 2 PSO, which is the large dozer blade that is located at the front. The purpose of this dozer blade was to clear any obstructions that the tank may face, and in the game, will be able to move terrain around on the map — the same as any other dozer blade. It also gives additional protection, especially against shaped charged shells and guided missiles!
Furthermore, in addition to new armor, the Leopard 2 PSO received a Euro-Powerpack engine and a new transmission. This has been added to help with the weight of the additional added armor, and despite its higher HP, you will not notice any improvements to the speed compared to previous Leopard 2 versions. As for ammunition that can be fired, the Leopard 2 PSO features a new, exciting DM11 high-explosive shell to play with. And, as with previous Leopard 2 variants that you are familiar with, the Leopard 2 PSO features excellent shells and firepower, a laser rangefinder, as well as thermal imaging for the commander and gunner.
That’s this dev blog wrapped! The specifically designed urban warfare Leopard 2 PSO will be waiting for you at the end of the German research tree with the release of the “Sons of Attila” update! Though, before that, we’ll continue to release dev blogs so that you will be able to see what else we’ve got coming. See you soon!