Cold War era Turkish 2A4 Leopard tanks were deployed in Syria without infantry support—ten were destroyed/damaged by ISIS anti-tank missiles, mines, IEDs, rockets, etc.
- The 2A4 model was designed to fight in highly mobile concentrated units.
- Not meant to confront IEDs and missiles fired by ambushing insurgents.
- An arms embargo by most Western allies has forced Turkey to develop its domestic arms industry.
- The upgraded tanks have new heavy track skirts, gun mantlets, turrets, armour protection, underbelly protection, optics and a fire control system.
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