The name of MBT (main battle tank) Leopard again became trending topic, after the German-made tank figure is discussed in the debate of Capres Prabowo vs. Jokowi some time ago. Apart from the polemics of the debate, one is certain that Indonesia will soon arrive at the proven battle tank, allowing the TNI Army Cavalry Corps to puff out and appear confident among neighboring countries, having been lagging behind Malaysia, Singapore and Australia already operating the MBT first.
Public in the country, especially in Jakarta and Surabaya has been shown Leopard 2A4 figure, premiered in audiences in the TNI HUT defile October 2013 ago, followed by a static demo at the Army Alutsista Exhibition in Monas field. The fact that the presence of Leopard many membetot attention, knowing that since this Republic stands there has never been a tank weighing 57 tons that strengthen the Indonesian military weaponry. But it should be noted that the mascot of the Leopard family arrival series is not shown in the Monas field, there are still more gahar with futiristic design, the upgraded variant of 2A4, the Leopard 2A4 Revolution. Because bought Indonesia, the identity can be shortened to Leopard 2 Ri, this tank only appear once in the event Indo Defense 2012 in Kemayoran.
The most obvious development of Revolution is in its protection device, which uses the Advanced Modular Armor Protection (AMAP) composite layer. This protective layer consists of nanokeramik material and titanium and alloy steel, which is claimed to provide a much better protection capability. Because of the modular nature of the alias can be dismantled pairs, users can choose the variety of protection capabilities as needed, such as to ward off rocket-propelled grenades (RPG) or for improvised explosive (IED).
By its modular nature, if the protection layer was damaged by the enemy's attack, the device could be dismantled for a new replacement. With the additional layer of protection, there are consequences that the weight of the tank increased to be approximately 60 tons, compared to the variant of 2A4 which is about 57 tons. But from the aspect of the engine, Revolution still uses the same type of engine with 2A4 turbocharged diesel MTU MB837 Ka501 with a power of 1,500 hp (horsepower), which makes it able to reach speeds up to 72 km per hour on a flat terrain. With the upgrade, in terms of Leopard Revolution price is much more expensive than the 2A4 variant of US $ 1.7 million per unit. While the 2A4 variant price "only" pegged US $ 700 thousand. In the Leopard procurement project, the number of tanks to be shipped from Germany is 153 units, consisting of Leopard Revolution tanks of 61 units, 42 units of Leopard 2A4 tanks, and the remaining 50 units of IFV Marder.
Although the look is much different, there is another similarity between Leopard 2A4 and Leopard 2A4 Revolution, namely the ultimate weapon, aka the main weapon, the 120 mm silicon smoothbore gun made by Rheinmetall. The cannon capability becomes the most important point in the MBT, considering it is the winner in battle. The adoption of the L / 44 cannon became an important point for army cavitary armament, as L / 44 is also used by MBT M1 Abrams from the US, Type 90 from Japan, and K1A1 from South Korea. With the adoption of some of the world's most famous MBTs, especially by the M1 Abrams, the record of proven battle proven guns is unnecessary again, the Gulf War, the Iraq War and the Afghan War are proving this cannon.