The Canadian Minister of Nationwide Defence Anita Anand introduced that Canada will provide Ukraine with 4 Leopard 2 important battle tanks from the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) stock. The Minister additionally introduced that Canada will present ammunition, spare elements, and can deploy Canadian Armed Forces members to coach Ukrainian troopers on the usage of these tanks in a 3rd nation. This donation responds to Ukraine’s pressing request for tanks – a name that was reiterated by President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov ultimately week’s assembly of the Ukraine Protection Contact Group in Germany. Canada’s donation can also be the results of intensive coordination with Allies and companions, who’re additionally planning to donate Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine, amongst different Western battle tanks.
“Throughout my go to to Ukraine final week, I advised Ukraine’s Defence Minister Oleksii Reznikov that Canada will proceed to supply Ukraine with the army support that it must combat and win. In the present day’s announcement is proof of our enduring dedication. In coordination with our Allies and companions, we are going to provide Leopard 2 tanks, sustainment, and coaching on their use in response to Ukraine’s pressing requests. Canada stands firmly with Ukraine in defence of freedom and democracy. Because the starting of 2022, Canada has dedicated over $5 billion in direct monetary, army, humanitarian, and different help to Ukraine,” mentioned Anita Anand, Minister of Nationwide Defence.
The Leopard 2 is the primary battle tank of the Canadian Armed Forces and of a number of Allies and companions. These closely armoured and extremely protected automobiles present troopers with a tactical benefit on the battlefield, due to their wonderful mobility, firepower, and survivability. The Leopard 2 is an excellent battle tank that serves the Canadian Military effectively. The donation of Canadian Military Leopard 2 tanks, mixed with donations by Allies and companions, will considerably assist the Armed Forces of Ukraine as they combat heroically to defend their nation’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity. Canada has already dedicated effectively over $1 billion in army support to Ukraine, and Canada will proceed to face with Ukraine because it fights Russia’s unlawful and unjustifiable struggle.
The Leopard 2 is a 3rd technology German important battle tank. Developed by Krauss-Maffei within the Nineteen Seventies, the tank entered service in 1979 and changed the sooner Leopard 1 as the primary battle tank of the West German military. Varied iterations of the Leopard 2 proceed to be operated by the armed forces of Germany, in addition to 13 different European international locations, and a number of other non-European states around the globe, together with Canada, Chile, Indonesia, and Singapore. Canada purchased 12 2A4s/Pz 87 from Switzerland for the ‘Pressure Mobility Enhancement’ undertaking which, together with the remaining unused ex-Dutch tanks, noticed 18 transformed to Armoured Engineering Automobiles and 4 transformed to Armoured Restoration Automobiles. Canada has additionally bought 15 2A4s from Germany as Logistic Inventory Automobiles. Canada bought 20 Leopard 2A6s from the Netherlands. These have been delivered in 2007.