Sunday, May 10, 2009

Leopard 1 Tanks Getting Upgrades

Maybe Chile's Leopard 1 fleet isn't going to pasture, after all. A Turkish company called Aselsen Elektronik Sanayi & Ticaret won a $150 million contract to modernize 100 tanks. News reports didn't mention which model was involved, but indications are that contract is for the older Leopard 1s. Aselsen offers the Volkan fire control system for the Leopard 1, which improves target acquisition, tracking and aiming. It also provides better night vision, and command and control features. Chile has acquired more than 200 Leopard 1 tanks. It sold 30 to Ecuador. Reports had said the entire Leopard 1 fleet was being retired.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you sure the upgrade is about leopard 1 tanks? I agree that it is very likely that Aselsan is providing the "Volkan I" fire control system but Aselsan has also developed "Volkan II" for leopard II tanks and is currently developing "Volkan III (aka TAKS)" for the next generation Turkish tank. I personally could not find any confirming news wether Chilean Leopard 1 or Leopard 2 tanks are being upgraded. Regards.

J.C. Arancibia said...

Another blogger got an email from Famae saying the contract was for the Leopard 1 tanks.

Anonymous said...

the upgrade is for leo 1. no tanks were sold to ecuador, only talks were held.

J.C. Arancibia said...

Interesting that Ecuador did not buy Leopard 1s. Do you have a link?
Here's one more link on the modernization. http://www.enfoque-estrategico.com/noticias/breves_01julio09.htm

Magnus said...

Ecuador bought 60 Leo1 from Chile as 21019. That was a strategical move from Chile. Ecuador has the south border with north of Peru, and this has his south border with Chile. In the '90s a local war in the "Cordillera del Condor" had clashes among those countries.