Currently it is one of the best main battle tanks in the world. German Army plans to upgrade about 50-150 Leopard 2 tanks to the 2A7 standard. German Army ordered a first batch of 20 MBTs upgraded from existing German Army Leopard 2A6 tanks. First Leopard 2A7 tanks were delivered to the German Army in 2014.
The M1A2 tanks will remain in service beyond 2050. The M1A2 SEP is one of the best main battle tanks in the world. It has incredible technology and armor. Upgraded tanks are slightly heavier than the baseline M1A2. The baseline M1A2 tank uses advanced armor, reinforced with depleted uranium layers.
A second Israeli tank, a Merkava II or Merkava III, was destroyed a month later in the same area and a further three soldiers were killed. A third Merkava II or III tank was destroyed near the Kissufim Crossing, when one soldier was killed and two wounded.
The 56 referred to the nominal design weight while “Leclerc” honored the memory of General Philippe Leclerc de Hautecloque that led Free French Forces in Africa and later in Italy, Southern/Eastern France and Southern Germany with the 2nd DB (Armoured Division) and helped to liberate Paris in August 1944.