March 20 (UPI) -- Jenoptik Defense & Civil Systems has been tapped as a subcontractor to support Poland's Leopard 2 main battle tank modernization effort.
Under the contract, Jenoptik will provide 126 17-kilowatt auxiliary power units to Polish company ZM Bumar Labedy S.A., and an additional seven units to Rheinmetall Defense.
Rheinmetall will also receive ten electric turret and weapon stabilization systems. The systems will be used to replace the hydraulic systems currently used to reduce heat generation inside the tank. The new systems will be used to stabilize the tank's weapons.
According to Jenoptik, the contracts are valued at roughly $11.38 million. Deliveries are expected to begin in 2017, and continue through 2020.
The Leopard 2 main battle tank was initially designed and manufactured for the army of West Germany during the Cold War. Poland procured 128 of the armored vehicles over a decade after the reunification of Germany, and began ordering modernization services for the tanks in February 2016.