13/09/2012: Leopard 2A4 CAN introduced into service with the Canadian Army
In September 2010, following a rigorous competitive process, Rheinmetall Canada was awarded the contract for the repair and overhaul of 42 Leopard 2 A4 tanks. Originally delivered to the Netherlands, these tanks were purchased by Canada during the country’s mission in Afghanistan, which saw Canada use tanks in combat for the first time since the Korean War.
Rheinmetall Canada is responsible for system maintenance, engineering change proposals, testing of the turrets and chassis, and work on critical components as well as for logistic and life cycle support.
The company delivered the first fully refurbished tank to CFB Gagetown in May of this year, where following testing, it was commissioned.
Work is progressing well and Rheinmetall Canada has now delivered ten vehicles allowing the fleet to be formally introduced into service.
Today, the Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay, officially accepted the tanks into service during the roll-out ceremony at CFB Gagetown.
Delivery of the final vehicle is scheduled for October 2013.
in the front from left to right:
Major-General Bowes, Dr. Andreas Knackstedt, Minister of National Defence Peter MacKay,
and the Leopard Crew