Friday, August 17, 2007

"There they go, the boys in the bright green sportscar...

...who do they think they are? And where did they get that car?"

(With apologies to Trooper, but I figured since we are talking about Armour, using a Trooper song was a must!)

From an e-mail I received yesterday:

These tanks are able to operate in higher desert temperatures as their electric turret systems and more powerful engines generate significantly less heat when operating than the hydraulic systems of Canada's 30-year-old Leopard 1 fleet.

Between the cooler operating temperatures, the cooling vests and thermal blankets, the heat issue has been significantly mitigated. No doubt it is still freaking hot in those things, but I think it is much more bearable now.

And even hotter for the Taliban on the receiving end of that gun.

Thanks again to the Germans for loaning them to us (not leasing, members of the press, loaning).


Blogger Unknown said...

"loaning"...? Can't blame the press for this one.

The Krauss-Maffei Wegmann PR notice says "Canada has leased..."

[check the new slat armour] which goes to

12:48 a.m., August 18, 2007  
Blogger Babbling Brooks said...

I know, Lindsay. But I know someone involved in the procurement who insists it was a loan, not a lease, and I'm comfortable with his word on it.

1:30 a.m., August 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

those would be "big honkin smiles" on the faces of those CF members :)

7:11 p.m., August 18, 2007  

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