The Leopard 2, Leo 2-based Support Vehicles, and Tank Replacement Project
The Leopard 2 is a revised, updated, and more powerful evolution of the earlier CF Leopard C2 tank. The first of the new series to enter Canadian service were the 20
Leopard 2A6Ms in Afghanistan on loan from Germany. The Leopard 2A6M tanks were accompanying by ARV 3 Büffel recovery vehicles. These Leopard 2 vehicles
serve alongside earlier Leopard C2s, Badger ARVs, and Taurus engineer vehicles.
Replacing the CF's Leopard 1-based armour and those loaned vehicles in Afghani- stan is the object of DND's Tank Replacement Project. A first step in this TRP was the purchase of
100 ex-Netherlands Army Leopard 2s. Refurbishment of the used tanks has proved difficult – only five upgraded Leopard 2A4M CANs were ready before the CF
combat mission ends in Afghanistan. Contracts are yet to be signed for Force Mobility Enhancement – covering combat engineering aspect of the TRP.