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German Leopard 2s Conduct Live-Firing Exercise On UK's Sennelager Ranges

The Leopard 2 is Germany's main battle tank and is widely regarded as the best of its kind in the world.

German Leopard 2 tanks have conducted their largest live-firing exercise yet on Britain's Sennelager Ranges in central Germany.

It follows an agreement between the two countries which now guarantees the Bundeswehr (German Army) time on the area for at least 10 weeks a year.

Opening up the ranges has increased opportunities for the locally-based German 203 Panzer Battalion to train closer to home.

The Leopard 2 tank is widely regarded as the best of its kind in the world, combining both speed and accuracy, capable of hitting targets 5km away whilst on the move.

The British Army withdrew its last combat units from Germany in 2019 but kept Sennelager.

The Leopard 2s last came to Sennelager in December, unleashing 120mm rounds as the crew of the 60-tonne tanks practised firing in pairs.

The Leopard 2 is widely regarded as the best tank in the world.

This time, they have been conducting four-tank shoots which in the past would have seen the battalion travelling to training areas nearly 100 miles away.

Major Stephan Sehner, Company Commander of 203 Panzer Battalion, told Forces News: "We chose to go here because we have the advantage of logistic support.

"The logistic support is very smooth being in the vicinity of our own barracks."

The Leopard 2 is Germany's main battle tank and in 2019, it marked its 40th birthday

Over time, the tank has received modifications, including a 21st-century turret and control systems.