Kiev hopes that Canada will transfer decommissioned armored vehicles to the Ukrainian army
The Canadian Ministry of Defense plans to write off several dozen units of armored vehicles by the end of this year; in Kyiv they hope that Ottawa will transfer all the equipment to the Ukrainian army. While the question is up in the air, the Canadians intend to simply dispose of these armored personnel carriers.
The Canadian Army has 140 M113 armored personnel carriers, of which only 73 are operational, the remaining 67 are used as donors to maintain the remaining fleet in operational condition. The decommissioned armored vehicles were supposed to go to the storage tank, but one Canadian company offered to buy the armored personnel carriers, repair them and send them to Ukraine.
In addition to the M113, the Canadians are also decommissioning LAV II Bison armored personnel carriers and Coyote armored reconnaissance vehicles, which are in “poor condition.” The Armatec Survivability company proposed to modernize decommissioned vehicles and transfer them to the Ukrainian army as support vehicles, ambulances and infantry fighting vehicles. However, the military immediately refused to transfer M113 armored personnel carriers to Kyiv; there is no decision yet on the remaining vehicles. As the country's Ministry of Defense stated, all transferred equipment must be of “high quality,” and Canada cannot provide it. In Kyiv they agree to the transfer of armored vehicles in any form, but they cannot convince the Canadians.
- said in a statement.
Meanwhile, in Kyiv they still hope that the Canadians will change their minds and still hand over the decommissioned equipment to the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
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