Germany’s Krauss-Maffei Wegmann unveiled the company-funded prototype of its Leopard 2A6 tank optimised for operations in an urban environment at Eurosatory 2006 under the designation Leopard 2 Peace Support Operations (PSO). Advanced passive armour side skirts have been mounted along the sides of the hull along with the addition of armour to the sides and roof of the tank’s turret. To minimise the exposure of the crew the machine gun on the commander’s cupola has been replaced by a remote controlled weapon station behind the loader’s hatch. This can be armed with a 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun or a 40-mm automatic grenade launcher.
Several countries are developing multipurpose 120-mm tank rounds better suited for the contemporary operational environment. The French Army has placed an initial order for 1000 rounds of the new Nexter High Explosive-Tracer.