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Canadian Leopard C2: both "flew" and fought

Canadian Leopard C2: both "flew" and fought

In the late 70s, the armed forces of Canada acquired 127 tanks Leopard 1, which received the designation C1. In 2000, 114 of these tanks were brought to standard C2.

During this modernization, significant measures were taken to enhance the protection of the combat vehicle. Thus, the Leopard C2 tanks received additional armor, as well as an improved system of protection against weapons mass destruction and high-speed fire extinguishing equipment.

In 2006, before being sent to Afghanistan, some of these combat vehicles were equipped with additional kits from anti-tank anti-tank grenades and improvised explosive devices.

The crew of the tank - 4 man. The main armament of the Leopard C2 is the L105A7 3-stabilized rifled gun. It is able to use the entire spectrum of NATO 105-mm tank ammunition. Ammunition 51 projectile.

Additional armament consists of two 7,62-mm machine guns. One of them is paired with a cannon, the other is at the top of the roof. Ammo 5500 ammo.

New computerized fire control system has a thermal sight.

Power of the multi-fuel engine hp Leopard 830 This is enough to accelerate the 42,5-ton tank to 65 km / h. Power reserve up to 600 km.

The engine and transmission are made in one unit and can be replaced in the field for 20 minutes.

These tanks were used by the Canadian contingent in Afghanistan, but, despite rather flattering official responses, were replaced by Leopard 2 also with enhanced armor protection.

Currently, despite all the improvements, the Leopard C2 can no longer be considered a modern combat vehicle. Therefore, he will remain in service with the Canadian army only until 2015.

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  1. svp67
    svp67 2 September 2013 12: 12
    "Old man" "Leo1" is still nothing, in some next "Punic turmoil" it will do just fine ...
    And yet - an umbrella, the same is included in the kit spare parts of the tank lol and I wonder what kind of raid these tanks were going to? Another convoy to "shake" or for "tribute" to the village ...
    1. Papakiko
      Papakiko 2 September 2013 15: 03
      Quote: svp67
      Another convoy "shake" or "tribute" to the village

      The most interesting thing is that "officially" no heavy weapons were supplied to Afghanistan.
      What is the thesis based on:"These tanks were used by the Canadian contingent in Afghanistan, but, despite rather flattering official responses, they were replaced by the Leopard 2, also with increased armor protection."
      Or is it all nonsense and in Agan the whole bouquet is used and brought?
    2. xetai9977
      xetai9977 15 September 2013 10: 28
      Especially touches "Jolly Roger" over the tank
  2. Yeraz
    Yeraz 2 September 2013 12: 13
    ugly he ...
  3. Alexxeg73
    Alexxeg73 2 September 2013 12: 19
    A tankman on a tank with an umbrella in the third photo from above delivered ...
  4. denson06
    denson06 2 September 2013 12: 21
    Quote: Yeraz
    ugly he ...

    But effective ...
  5. Strashila
    Strashila 2 September 2013 12: 27
    He fought ... and in what his belligerence manifested itself ... in standing at the base.
  6. DEfindER
    DEfindER 2 September 2013 12: 44
    That's what bothers me, because looking at the NATO tanks, and I see a huge similarity to the new Armat platform - the same 7 rinks, the shape is similar, the 1500 strong engine, the same 60 tons of weight .. the gun is not 120 but 125 .. like that it is unclear what radically new have we done?
    1. biglow
      biglow 2 September 2013 12: 59
      no one has seen the armature, everything else is a set of assumptions.
      1. vilenich
        vilenich 2 September 2013 22: 32
        Quote: biglow
        nobody has seen

        So after all, not only did I not "see", but apparently I have not done it yet ...
        So it's too early to look for flaws.
    2. Dazdranagon
      Dazdranagon 2 September 2013 13: 10
      It's like comparing VAZ 2107 and Kalina ... 4 wheels, weight about 1.2 tons, front and rear headlights ... laughing
      The whole chip in the design, which is not visible from the outside!
  7. ZeroFact
    ZeroFact 2 September 2013 20: 57
    How is it with protection against wearable anti-tank systems? If weak, then you need to write off.