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Upgrade of ammunition held in stock with quality test by S+T

armasuisse is having the round for the Leopard 2 MBT 120 mm weapon system/L44 gun barrel renewed to ensure that there is sufficient ammunition in stock again and to guarantee the army is prepared. The WTT tests its function, safety and performance.

18.10.2018 | Jan Keller

Function, safety and performance of the upgraded ammunition tested by WTT
Function, safety and performance of the upgraded ammunition tested by WTT

The 12 cm Pz Kan Pfeil Pat 98 Lsp (DM53) round is KE ammunition for the Leopard 2 MBT 120 mm weapon system/L44 gun barrel to counter heavy battle tanks with armour that is structured so that it is state-of-the art, reactive and dual reactive protection. The ammunition will only be used on active service. The 12 cm 98 tracer arrow round now needs to be checked because of its age; the re-engineered round (DM53A1) has a propellant system that is not dependent on temperature, a REACH-compliant propellant charge igniter and an incendiary projectile. The propellant is being replaced to ensure that the functional reliability of this combat ammunition can continue to be guaranteed during the service life.

The manufacturer modifying the 12 cm 98 tracer arrow round has already carried out the same work for other countries and gained experience. Various tests and firing operations will be carried out so that the manufacturer can qualify the modified rounds. These tests will take place in consultation with the WTT. The function, safety and performance will also be tested by the WTT.

This project will ensure that there is sufficient ammunition in stock again and guarantee the army is prepared.

The upraded 12 cm Pz Kan Pfeil Pat 98 Lsp
The upraded 12 cm Pz Kan Pfeil Pat 98 Lsp