Armoured Vehicle Spin Fizzles Out

On July 8, the Defence Department pulled out all the stops in staging a press event to announce their $5.2 billion procurement of new armoured vehicles.

DND Photo: Cpl. David Cribb
The operational tempo in Afghanistan—not to mention the intensity of the combat—has taken a ferocious toll on the army’s equipment. While close to 100 LAV III vehicles have been destroyed or badly damaged by IEDs in Kandahar, the remainder of the fleet are burning through their stocks of spare parts at a rate far in excess of the army’s initial projections.
Scott Taylor
Published: Wednesday, 07/15/2009 12:00 am EDT

On July 8, the Defence Department pulled out all the stops in staging a press event to announce their $5.2 billion procurement of new armoured vehicles. On hand for the event were Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Walter Natynczyk, Defence Minister Peter MacKay and Army commander Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie—the latter two voluntarily suspending their summer vacations in order to attend. The national media were advised well in advance, and the massive dollar figure attached to the project was hinted at in the advance promotion.

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