This year’s Eurosatory was notable for the number of new post-Afghanistan 8×8 designs that have emerged. Whereas earlier pre-2006 designs tended to weigh less than 20 tonnes, newer versions are much taller, longer and heavier with some weighing more than 30 tonnes, although all are air transportable in an A400M.
If you specify an 8×8 capable of carrying 3 crew plus 8 dismounts, you end up with a massive vehicle. Smaller vehicles with driver and gunner, and a commander who dismounts with a squad of 6 may be a better way to reduce vehicle weight and size.
The Leopard 2A7 was particularly impressive. This was the first production version. The new HE ammunition has a programmable airburst function. The Rhenimetall 120mm smoothbore fires a new DM63 APFSDS round which they reckon is considerably better than the UK’s CH2 Charm 3. New engine and gearbox. New BMS, FCS and electronic architecture. Driver now has an underfloor escape hatch. Lucky the Germans didn’t have of these in Normandy 1944