|This past week rumours have abounded about the CF getting some new Leopard IIA6M Main Battle Tanks. The number I've seen quoted most often is 20. What surprised me was the 'lease' element to the reported deal, if the Prime Minister signs off. Is this the way the CDS is using to get the door back open to buying new Leopards by 'leasing' some and proving their worth? It would appear so, and possibly avoiding the accounting that would register a lease differently than a purchase of capital equipment.
Whatever the reason, I'm sure Germany would be happy with the 'lease' and potential purchases if all goes well, and I'm even more certain our troopers would love to have an air conditioned tank that has more armour protection, a 120mm main gun and other enhancements to our older Leo's.