Until now, the commander of a Leopard 2 main battle tank had to guide the driver when reversing or moving into a position in poor visibility. Thanks to an improvement of the optronic cameras and the installation of an enhanced rear-view camera for the driver, the crew now has a good view of everything even in poor visibility and darkness. The third-generation vision devices provide a level of detail for reconnaissance so far rarely found in main battle tanks. The Leopard 2 used to be equipped with first-generation devices. Now, both the commander's and the gunner's stations are provided with third-generation devices.
According to the new arrangement concept, grousers are now stowed on the back of the turret. They can be used to replace individual normal track pads to improve grip in difficult conditions, for example when driving on icy, snow-covered, muddy or slippery ground.