A few words on the history of the Leopard 2. It is a German main battle tank, until now actually the last in the line of a long and proud family of armoured "beasts" named after fierce felines, a line which started in the early forties with the famous "Tiger" tank. Leopards are produced by Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, and since 2003 also by the Spanish Santa Bárbara Sistemas. Developed in the early 1970s as direct successors to the 40-tonne Leopard I's (still in use with the Belgian Army!) and first entering service in 1979, they are the foremost MBT in the German Army as well as in ten other European countries (and in some non-European countries as well, e.g. the Singaporean Army). To date, more than 3,480 Leopard 2s have been produced.
All models are equipped with digital fire control systems with laser range-finders, fully stabilized main gun (a 120mm Rheinmetall L55) and coaxial machinegun, and night vision equipment (the first vehicles used a Low-Light Level TV system or LLLTV, the later models thermal imaging). The tank can engage moving targets while negotiating rough terrain. It can wade through 4 meters deep water by means of a snorkel, or 1.2 meters without any preparation. Climbing capability is high and vertical obstacles over 1 meter high can be taken. At 62.2 tonnes, the Leopard 2 is powered with a turbo-charged multi-fuel V12 diesel engine producing 1,500 horsepower, good for a top speed of 72 kilometers an hour. Operational range is 550 kilometers.
Back to the Danes! Watch the arrival of the heavies in January 2008 in even more astounding giant Antonov 124's! Too bad the quality of the video is mediocre at best.
Of course, the Danish infantry did not await the arrival of the Jydske Dragonregiment to take the fight to the enemy. See them in action here.
As regular reader and commenter Mark/Tory Conservative remarked (Mark, honestly, I think Typos is a way cooler nick. No offense dude), Mark Steyn seems to have said that the European NATO troops are in Afghanistan to man the photocopy machine. As much as I admire the man, this time he got it damn wrong. That ain't photocopying. Leave that to Obama!