Canadian Leopard 2A6M main battle tanks have begun withdrawing from the fields of Kandahar 1606112
Defense News - Canada
Thursday, June 16, 2011, 04:25 PM
Canadian Leopard 2A6M main battle tanks have begun withdrawing from the fields of Kandahar.
Canadian main battle tanks have begun withdrawing from the fields of Kandahar. The first echelon of Leopard 2A6M battle tanks rolled through the gates of Kandahar Airfield (Afghanistan) today and more will follow over the next few days before the July end of combat deadline.
Leopard 2A6M Main Battle Tank from The Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) and part of the 1st Battalion (15 october 2010) Combat Camera Canadian army Copyright
Canadian main battle tank Leopard 2A6M were first rushed to battlefield in late 2006 after troops found other weapons and had a tough time punching through thick mud wall compounds that the Taliban had turned into fortified positions.
Afghanistan and other recent conflicts have demonstrated the importance of a main battle tank and its heavily protected direct fire capability. The Canadian Forces’ tanks in Afghanistan have deterred insurgent attacks and have allowed Canada’s soldiers to safely access insurgent positions over terrain impassable for wheeled vehicles.
The sheer size and firepower of the Leopard 2A6M Main Battle Tank makes it a formidable force and a huge deterrent to enemy insurgents.