Joseph, tanks can be quite effective in a Counter Insurgency Environment, the Canadian Army used tanks in Afghanistan quite successfully. We would put them in Observation Posts and use the main gun to provide over watch with very precise fire at very long distances (up to 5000m). You can destroy a grape hut with a tank round and not worry about collateral damage without the enemy being even aware of what happened or what hit them.What for? Has it been tried (other than during it's initial trials) in desert warfare? I can't see them coming up against any main battle tanks out there.
Nope they've got the Leopard 2A7+ and Leopard 2A8. The A7+ is an upgrade kit similar to the TUSK II the yanks stuck on their Abrams tanks. Its meant to be better suited to counter IEDs and "low intensity" operations. The A8 is going more along the lines of being better suited to Urban operations, the barrel is the shorter L/44 Rheinmetal comapared to the L/55 on the A6/A7 as well as more reactive armour and Remote weapon systems, a system similar to the Trophy is expected as well.Are they developing Leopard 3?