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Germany will teach Poland how to modernise Leopard 2PLs February 24, 2016

Rheinmetall Landysysteme (RLS) and Poland's ZM Bumar-Labedy signed a USD 144 million “strategic co-operation” agreement for main battle tank (MBT) upgrades on 18 February. According to the agreement RLS will teach ZM Bumar-Labedy transfer know-how to maintain and upgrade Leopard 2 MBTs, and to create an overhaul and support facility for them in Poland. ZM Bumar-Labedy will also gain all intellectual property rights for Leopard 2 MBTs in the Polish market. The agreement is a part of a USD 507 million contract for upgrading 128 Polish Land Forces Leopard 2A4 MBTs to a new standard called Leopard 2PL that was signed on 28 December 2015. The first prototype Leopard 2PL is planned to be completed in Germany in March 2018 and delivered to the Polish Armed Forces for evaluation in the third quarter (Q3) of 2018. The first pre-production batch of 12 tanks are to be upgraded in Poland with co-operation from German technicians by Q1 2019. The remaining 110 Leopard 2A4s will then be modernized in Poland without external assistance from Q2 2019 to Q3 2020. Upgraded tanks will look like the photo. 

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