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.