Leopard tanks

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Secretary Gates on the need for “Swift-moving Expeditionary Forces”

The following quote from Secretary Gates should make many in DND quite uncomfortable, particularly those who have turned their backs on a meaningful Canadian amphibious capability in favour of sending Leopard tanks on a COIN Mission: “The need for heavy armour and firepower to survive, close with, and destroy the enemy […]

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Canada 1st: strategic defence management?

Dave Perry has supplied a superb analysis of the Canada First Defence Strategy or CFDS. I particularly support his conclusion “The defence strategy is therefore competent, long term planning, devoid of any exciting new promises that might attract criticism for outlandish spending plans and un-needed equipment.” The strategy itself correctly […]

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The Future of the CP-140s

During the past few months there has been increasing speculation that the project to upgrade the CP-140 Aurora (the Aurora Incremental Modernization Project or AIMP) would be terminated. The decision by government is expected on 20 Nov 2007. The Auroras were purchased in the early 1980’s and were optimised for […]

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Seaborne & sea based expeditionary capability

We are indebted to Robin Allan for his timely article on international landing craft developments in the current issue of the NOAVI Lead and Line. Herewith are some related observations on the now grim outlook for Canada’s ability to respond to security and humanitarian needs at the speed and scale […]

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The Long War’s Arms Race

 This article suggests the Canadian army’s decision to scrap the MGS program in favour of a renewed main battle tank might have been prophetic – the American military is learning that their wheeled Stryker vehicles [a variant of the Mobile Guns System (MGS) that the CF planned on acquiring until […]

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Contracting For Transportation

The Canadian navy’s sea-lift capacity has been mentioned previously in these quarters, in the context of the rumoured Conservative plan to pay-off the existing Protecteur-class replenishment ships a full two years before their replacements, the Joint Support Ships come into service. This issue resurfaced, indirectly, in Eric Lerhe’s comments about […]

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An appetite suppressant for procurement? (IV)

Eugene Lang, former chief of staff to Liberal Defence Ministers John McCallum and Bill Graham, and current policy adviser to the Liberal Party of Canada asks similar questions about the policy decision to scrap the MGS in favour of the Leopard II. Curiously, he claims his former boss, Graham, let […]

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An appetite suppressant for procurement? (III)

The initial post raises two general questions: 1) How does Canada plan its equipment purchases? 2) How is Canadian equipment transported overseas once purchased? On point one, the recent decision to purchase Leopard tanks has caused much consternation from both those favourable to their purchase, and those opposed. The latter, […]

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An appetite suppressant for procurement?

Today’s article by David Pugiliese suggests concerns about sole sourcing may have resulted in a scuppering of plans to fast track a $500M purchase of General Atomics’ MQ-1 ‘Predator’ drones. While I fully support some of the more recent accelerated purchases made by this government, I too probably have to […]

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