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Leopard 2A6M CAN Tank
Canada

Leopard 2A6M CAN Main Battle Tank

Leopard 2A6M CAN Tank
Unveiled / Entered Service
2007
Leopard 2A6M CAN Tank
Status
In Service
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Introduction

The Leopard 2A6M CAN Tank, is a Canadian variant of the Leopard 2A6 Tank. 20 of these tanks were loaned to the Canadian Army by the German Army for the Afghanistan War. These vehicles received the added “M” Mine Armor package and other additional modifications for Canadian Army service, hence their new designation.

Background

After an initial assessment of the performance of the Leopard C2 Tank in Afghanistan, Canada decided to invest in Leopard 2 tanks. It was determined that the lack of adequate air conditioning (essential in the searing heat of Afghanistan) was degrading the tank crew’s war fighting ability.

The Army later downplayed this factor, citing increased armour protection and the main gun armament as reasons for upgrading to the Leopard 2 Tank.

After some public speculation, Canadian Defence minister Hon. Gordon O’Connor clarified the situation on Thursday, April 12, 2007.

To meet immediate needs in Afghanistan, twenty of the Bundeswehr’s stock of Leopard 2A6’s were upgraded by KMW to the 2A6M standard and loaned to Canada at no cost by the German government.

Two Leopard 2 Büffel Armoured Recovery Vehicles were acquired at the same time. The first mine protected tank was handed over by KMW to the Canadian Military on the 2nd of August 2007 and arrived in Afghanistan on the 16th of August 2007, with the last arriving in late September of the same year.

The 2004 M upgrade package has since been withdrawn by KMW and no longer in German service. This package is not the same A6M+ or A6M of 2015, which is a different set of upgrades to bring old German Army service Leopard 2 to near the same standard as Leopard 2A7V. Read More

Protection

Significant modifications include the mine protection belly armour added thus  giving the tank the “M” designation, distinctive tan coloured boxes mounted on the rear of the turret, contains Canadian Forces designated communications and anti IED (improvised explosive device) jamming gear which includes the “T” antenna  stands, and stand-off slat armour.

The front upper hull received an armoured plate by the drivers hatch. The first tanks configured in this variant were the twenty tanks loaned from the German Bundeswehr, in an effort to increase firepower and to increase protection given to Canadian troops operating in the south of Afghanistan.

Another feature of these tanks been fitted with a cooling unit with cooling suits for the crew , and the Saab Barracuda camouflage mats which also serve to reduce solar loading by 50 percent. This system was added to the deployed Leopards in 2009. These Leopards served right up to July 2011.

Operators

The Leopard 2A6M CAN are now owned by the Canadian Army, following the Canadian Government buying 20 surplus Leopard 2A6 from the Netherlands and giving them to the Germany Army to replace the original loaned 20. These were upgraded by KMW into the Leopard 2A7 for the German Army.

As of 2023, the Canadian Army operates a total of x20 A6M CAN and x20 A4M CAN with all Leopard C2 retired. In addition it purchased 95 surplus Leopard 2A4 during the 2000’s for training, conversion to specialist variants and to break down into spares.

Canada donated eight surplus Leopard 2A4 Tanks in 2023 to Ukraine as part of a larger support package.

Specifications

characteristic
Result
Main Gun
Rheinmetall L55 – 120mm, calibre Length 55 smoothbore Elevation -9 to +20
Secondary Weapons
Coaxial 7.62mm Machine Gun, Loaders 7.62.mm Machine Gun
Ammunition Storage
x42 120mm, x4,750 7.62mm
Engine
MTU Mb 873 ka 501, turbocharged 1500hp Diesel
Transmission
RENK HSWL 354, 4 speed forward/2 reverse
Top Road Speed
68 km/h
Road Range
550km
Fuel Capacity
1160 litres
Vertical Obstacle
1.1m
Water Capability
1m (4m with Snorkel)
Trench Crossing
3m
Gradient
60%
Side Slope
30%
Length Gun Forward
9.67m
Length Hull
10.97m
Width
3.75m (with side front hull armor/exc Cage armor)
Height
2.48m (roof top)
Ground Clearance
0.54m
Weight
62.3 tonne combat
NBC Protected
yes
Standard Armor(s) Type
Steel, Composite, Spaced, Modular
Optional Add-on Armor(s) Type
Bar, Modular
Active Protection Systems
no
Crew
Commander, Gunner, Loader, Driver

References

http://www.cdnmilitarycollectors.com/t1012-leopard-2a6m-can

http://www.casr.ca/101-army-armour-leopard-2a6m.htm

http://www.kmweg.com/home/tracked-vehicles/main-battle-tanks/leopard-2-a6/product-information.html

http://armstrade.sipri.org/armstrade/page/trade_register.php

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Special thanks to our site Admin Canadian Army SGT (Ret’d) Anthony Sewards for the information contained on this page.