Shown above is the Leopard
1A5 DK MBT
in service with SFOR in the former Yugoslavia June 1998.
The A5 DK is equipped with a fire control computer, a
laser range finder and a gunners primary sight (EMES-18 -
stabilised thermal sight). The commanders forward
periscope and panoramic sight were extended for a clear
view over the primary sight housing.
The gun received a thermal sleeve and a muzzle reference
collimator at the end of the barrel. The mantled mounted
XSW-30-V infra-red/white searchlight became redundant,
and was removed.
Not to be confused with the German 1 A5, the Danish
version retains the welded turret.
The shown vehicle is furthermore up-graded with
air-condition, fire-suppression system, Honda generator,
searchlight from the de-commissioned M41 DK1, GPS etc. This was done to all
Leopards participating in the UNPROFOR/SFOR operation (in
total 35 vehicles), and the model is designated DK-1.
The heavy use of mines in Bosnia lead to the procurement
of RAMTA mine ploughs (74 kb) in 1993.
Among the latest additions to the DK and DK-1 are roof
mounted "fast fittings" for two rifles for
close defence work and a rear mounted turret rack.