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Mensaje por Montero el Dom Jun 08, 2014 5:44 pm

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Una noticia sobre la resistencia de los Leopard.

Ha sido destruido el primer carro canadiense Leopard 2A6M en Afganistán por una IED masiva, las cuales de momento habían destruído hasta Merkava IV israelíes, sin supervivientes a bordo. Sólo hay un herido y el Jefe del carro le mandó un email a los alemanes agradeciendo la calidad del vehículo.

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Afganistán: Leopard 2A6M; éste si que es tan bueno como el mejor, y (mucho) mejor que la mayoría.
Parafraseando una de las frases más desafortunadas en 30 años de política de defensa, tenemos el caso del carro de combate Leopard 2A6M, que actualmente equipa a las fuerzas canadienses en su guerra antiguerrillas en Afganistán. Ellos y los daneses emplean el Leopard 2 en combate. La versión A6M significa que lleva un kit antiminas que refuerza los bajos del blindado.

Al poco de llegar estos carros, lideraron en octubre las ofensivas de la ISAF en el distrito de Arghandab, expulsando a los insurgentes. Se tienen confirmados impactos directos de proyectiles de 120 mm. HEAT sobre posiciones de mortero enemigas a gran distancia, sin esperar a que un avión orbitando a 30.000 pies de altura tire una bomba y se cargue una familia que pasaba por allí.

Pues bien, aunque el incidente es conocido desde noviembre, los medios canadienses, cuya cobertura de la guerra es un ejemplo de transparencia informativa por parte de las autoridades del Ministerio de Defensa, comprometidas con su misión y conscientes de que dar a conocer lo que hacen sus soldados, es fundamental para explicar a su opinión pública lo que hace Canadá en Afganistán, nos informan del primer carro Leopardo 2A6M destruído en combate. Se trata de un carro que fue atacado por una IED masiva. Resultado, el conductor sufrió una fractura de cadera, y los otros tres miembros de la tripulación salieron ilesos. Cuando se montó el dispositivo de evacuación y recuperación, unos silenciosos nativos asistieron a los trabajos sin perderse un detalle. Los ojos y orejas de los mullahs taliban están en todas partes....

Uno de los supervivientes a este ataque, el jefe de carro, no ha podido menos que enviar un email a los alemanes, fabricantes del Leopard, asegurándoles que "el carro se comportó como se suponía debía hacer". "My crew stumbled upon an (improvised explosive device) and made history as the first (crew) to test the (Leopard 2A6)M-packet, It worked as it should."

Estos cuatro soldados han salvado la vida por ir en el mejor medio de combate posible. Y no ha sido el único incidente afectando a un Leopard; en otro combate un blindado de este tipo recibió cuatro impactos directos de granadas RPG, que no fueron capaces de perforar su blindaje. Leer cualquier valoración de las tropas en combate es leer maravillas de tener los carros allí.


Esto si que es un buen marketing para los muchachos de KMG. Sin duda el mejor vehículo, con diferencia, que se puede encontrar uno en el teatro de operaciones. Hay quien dice que atrae las iras de los taliban y que éstos buscan el éxito propagandístico de destruir un carro (como también hacen con los MRAP). Mejor para los que viajan en los blindados ligeros sobre ruedas. Precisamente, esa es la misión del carro de combate principal: proteger a la infantería mecanizada.

Sin embargo, no es menos cierto que mover estos colosos en combate lleva un stress de la cadena logística, sobre todo cuando el kilometraje recorrido en tres meses es ya superior al promedio de un año de ejercicios y maniobras en Canadá. Los repuestos y mantenimientos deben llegar con eficacia a su base en Kandahar, donde según la portavoz del Ministerio, Tanya Barnes, diferentes acuerdos con el Gobierno alemán permiten que unas 3000 piezas y repuestos estén disponibles para el apoyo logístico. Eso si, estos Leopard 2A6M son de alquiler con derecho a devolución en las mismas condiciones a como fueron entregados...a ver cómo lo hacen. El destruído les va a costar 4,3 millones de euros. Es decir, 4.3 millones de euros ( 6,2 millones de dolares) les ha costado salvar la vida de cuatro soldados canadienses. Sin comentarios.



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Mensaje por Montero el Dom Jun 08, 2014 5:46 pm

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Leopard 2 purchase agreement signed.

January 28, 2008

GATINEAU, Quebec — Canada has just signed a purchase agreement with the Netherlands for the purchase of one hundred Leopard 2 battle tanks. The agreement was signed on 14 December 2007 in the presence of Canadian and Dutch officials during a ceremony held at the De SalaberryArmoury in Gatineau.

We urgently needed to purchase a more modern and better performing tank. The Leopard 1 tank currently in use has nearly 30 years of service in the Canadian Forces. The purchase of these surplus Dutch tanks will be of enormous benefit to the Canadian Forces in their work in Afghanistan. At the present time, the Canadian troops in Afghanistan are using twenty Leopard 2A6 main battle tanks loaned from Germany.

The Leopard 2 tanks acquired by Canada will be distributed as follows:

-Forty tanks will be used in operations on deployment.

-Forty tanks are needed to conduct collective and individual training in Canada.

-Twenty tanks will be used as key special purpose support vehicles, ie, tanks for laying bridges, armoured repair vehicles and armoured engineering vehicles.

Before being deployed to Afghanistan, the modified Leopard 2 tanks will be refitted to meet the operational requirements of the Canadian Forces.

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Canadá se va de Afganistán en 2011.

MacKay stands firm on 2011 exit from Afghanistan.
by Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press

January 21, 2009

OTTAWA Defence Minister Peter MacKay predicts U.S. President Barack Obama will seek increased troop commitments for Afghanistan from other NATO allies rather than Canada.

And the withdrawal date for Canada's combat troops remains 2011, Mr. MacKay said Wednesday, regardless of how charming and persuasive Mr. Obama may be in proposing an international rededication to the Afghan mission.

That's got nothing to do with it, Mr. MacKay said as he entered a meeting of the Conservative caucus in preparation for next week's Commons return. We have to be practical and pragmatic and also respect our parliamentary decision.

With some 2.700 Canadian troops currently in Afghanistan, 107 killed, $18.1 billion spent and seven years of combat already under its belt, Canada is carrying its fair share of the load and 2011 is the fixed date, Mr. MacKay said.

Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon gave a slightly more nuanced answer in an interview with The Canadian Press this week.

Mr. Cannon welcomed the proposed U.S. troop surge but added Canada's position hasn't changed.

That position calls for our withdrawal, our military withdrawal, from a combat mission in 2011. That is the course of action and anything beyond and above that is pure speculation at this stage of the game.

Some analysts and pundits have suggested a renewed U.S. focus on Afghanistan could place intense pressure on the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper to extend the Canadian mission again.

But Mr. MacKay predicts Mr. Obama will look for and find help elsewhere.

Look, what I think President Obama is going to do is go on an extensive tour of NATO allies requesting that they step up, that they come to the fight and provide more actual, tangible support to ensure success in Afghanistan, the Defence Minister said. And I think that will happen.

A recent Ekos-CBC poll found that 55 per cent of Canadian respondents opposed an extension of the mission, while 30 per cent supported the idea.

The realities of minority government have forced Mr. Harper to shift his Afghanistan timelines dramatically in the past three years.

Cutting and running is not your way, the Prime Minister told Canadian troops during a surprise visit to Kandahar shortly after he took office early in 2006. It's not my way and it's not the Canadian way. We don't make a commitment and then run away at the first sign of trouble. We don't and we won't.

In May of 2007, Mr. Harper said Canada can't set arbitrary deadlines and simply wish for the best.

But during last fall's election campaign, Mr. Harper unabashedly affirmed his government will adhere to the February 2011 deadline endorsed by Parliament last March.

You have to put an end date on these things, Mr. Harper said in September. Weintendtoendit.

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Mensaje por Montero el Dom Jun 08, 2014 6:25 pm

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Ottawa to spend $5 billion on new, upgraded combat vehicles.
by Kevin Bissett

OROMOCTO, N.B. The Canadian Press
Jul. 09, 2009

The federal government is spending more than $5 billion to upgrade the Canadian Army's combat vehicles, including improvements for its existing light armoured vehicle fleet.

At an announcement yesterday at CFB Gagetown, Defence Minister Peter MacKay said about $1 billion will be spent to upgrade the LAV-3s that are now in service in Afghanistan. The government is also buying close combat vehicles, tactical armoured patrol vehicles and force mobility enhancement vehicles.

"Our government is committed to providing the army with the modern robust equipment it needs to fulfill its missions in today's dangerous operating environment," Mr. MacKay said. "Wherever in the world Canadian soldiers find themselves, we owe it to them to give them the protective equipment that they need to do the job we've asked them to do."

The LAV-3s have been the army's principle fighting vehicle in Afghanistan, but have taken a beating, with many in need of a major overhaul by the time the combat mission ends in 2011. General Dynamics Land Systems Canada will be the prime contractor on the LAV upgrade.

Tom de Faye, the company's director of marketing and business development, said recent missions have taught them a great deal. "With this upgrade program, we'll now be able to take the lessons learned from the deployment of LAV-3s in Afghanistan and the Strykers in Iraq, with over 40 million kilometres of combat experience," he said.

He said the end product will be a much more capable and better protected vehicle, ready to take on the threats and challenges of current and future battlefields. "This is a significant day for the army," said Lieutenant-General Andrew Leslie, chief of land staff. "Actually, it's a great day for the army."

Addressing more than 300 soldiers gathered in the LAV barn for the announcement, Gen. Leslie said the next generation of land combat vehicles gives the army the flexibility it needs. "These vehicles will provide the army with the modern and robust equipment needed to fulfil its role in today's increasingly dangerous operating environment," he said. "They will also ensure that we are ready to take on the challenges of the future."

The money will be spent to upgrade 550 LAV-3s, with an option to upgrade another 80. The military is purchasing 108 close combat vehicles - or mini-tanks for battle escort - with an option to buy 30 more, and 500 tactical armoured patrol vehicles, with an option for 100 more. They will also get 13 armoured engineer vehicles, with an option for another five. "We're going to make things better, harder, faster, better able to survive, to give you the fighting chance you need to get the job done, and come home," Gen. Leslie said.

Mr. MacKay said the announcement is part of the government's Canada First Defence Strategy and the purchases will create jobs in both the manufacturing and maintenance of the vehicles. "Industrial and regional benefits will be a requirement for all four projects," he said. "Under our industrial and regional benefits policy, winning contractors from outside the country must spend an equivalent amount - dollar for dollar - on the contract value here in Canada."

Mr. de Faye said the project to upgrade the LAVs will mean work for his company's plants in London, Ont., and Edmonton and for 400 suppliers across the country.

Contracts are expected to be awarded for 2011 and the military will start using the new vehicles by 2012. The government says it expects the entire fleet to be fully operational by 2015. Mr. MacKay said similar announcements are coming for both the air force and the navy.

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Canadians embrace new role for military.
November 8, 2009

by Erin Anderssen

There's no doubt that Canadians have developed a full-blown, if heartbreaking, romance with their soldiers and, it can be argued, a more robust sense of the country's place in the world. They have become modern-day action heroes, fighting the Taliban in lethal skirmishes, chasing pirates off the Somali coast, providing a worthy air escort for the Olympic torch across the ocean. But it's an awkward love affair.

And if Canadians have accepted and even come to admire a military that is more muscular, they are still more comfortable with Joe, the Canadian of that decade-old beer ad who declared: I believe in peacekeeping, not policing.

But after decades of keeping the peace, our soldiers have become police immersed in a deadly combat mission which, according to several polls, a majority of Canadians oppose. While tending to accept that their soldiers should stay in Afghanistan to the 2011 deadline, a war-shy public will be hesitant to commit to a future of grieving over the Highway of Heroes, however renewed their patriotism. Afghanistan, some analysts say, may be the country's last war, at least for a while. So a hard conversation looms when the fighting side of the mission ends two summers from now: Welcome home, brave soldier. But where and how will you serve next?

The question facing Canadians and it's very important is what do we want to do with a better armed, better equipped, better funded military, says Janice Stein, director of the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. Are we willing to use it? That's the debate that's coming.

For a country shaped over the past 50 years by its peacekeeping identity, that means a truth-telling: Classic peacekeeping of the kind where you interpose yourselves between two armies and play volleyball in the middle, that's gone. Now wars are fought inside countries between armies and militants, and civilians are killed deliberately. In Afghanistan, Dr. Stein observes, we can talk about it as a reconstruction mission or stabilization mission, but that actually involves fighting and dying. [That makes] many Canadians uncomfortable still.

Canadians largely support a military presence in Canada's north, but that's a matter of standing on guard for sovereignty, not advancing into war. As Dr. Stein says, Nobody is going to die in combat in the Arctic.

The military particularly under the outspoken command of Rick Hiller, now retired as chief of defence staff and promoting his autobiography across the country has been quite deliberate in self-promotion, and successful, to a point. If the key icons of the 80s were things like medicare and the CBC, the military became the new icon of the 21st century, says pollster Frank Graves, president of the social research firm EKOS. Once the Afghanistan mission began, the military became the most recognizable face of the federal government, he said.

The lingering shame of atrocities by Canadian soldiers in Somalia has dissipated into history, the images of soldiers piling sandbags during the Red River flood or saving stranded citizens during the ice storm that struck Quebec and Eastern Ontario in 1998 sparked the return of affection. But it is the war in Afghanistan and the steady, wrenching return of fresh-faced young men (and a few women) in coffins that inspires the solemn crowds on those dozens of overpasses between CFB Trenton and the Coroner's office in Toronto, and the ribbons of support on car windows (or the more hostile bumper-sticker rebuke If you don't stand behind our troops feel free to stand in front of them). Annual Armed Forces appreciation nights have become de rigueur at professional sports events across the country. most recently at a Senators game in Ottawa, where 2,200 uniformed soldiers were given free tickets. Ten years ago, Mr. Hillier said during a phone interview this week, that would have been incomprehensible.

Standing in a line for a flight at the Ottawa airport, a couple months ago, anonymous in his civvies, he watched the mass of people in line approach the uniformed soldiers, shaking hands, even offering to buy them a Tim Hortons coffee. Less than five years ago, he observes, that would never have happened. I don't think most Canadians would have known who they were, and even if they had known, very few of them if any - would have gone out of their way to say Thank you for what you do, our hopes and prayers are with you.' And I've seen that across the country.

And after a long stretch of resistance to spending money on the military, support for defence expenditures has steadily risen over the past decade, rooted in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, in the need for a stronger military, and, at times, an even stronger desire to make work safe for the soldiers themselves.

We have to be careful we don't romanticize the change too much, counters Douglas Bland, chair in Defence Management Studies at Queen's University School of Policy Studies, who believes that dwindling political and public enthusiasm for combat missions makes a sequel to Afghanistan unlikely. It's not very deep-seated.

The public, he says, will not support big-money defence spending and hasn't responded to newly enthusiastic flag-waving by enlisting. (Every branch of the Armed Forces is struggling to replace retiring veterans with new recruits.) Bottom line, Dr. Bland said, Canadians are not very keen on a mission that involves a lot of shooting.

But for two more years, they will have to live with one. In the meantime, Canadians will wear their poppies and shake the soldier's hand on the bus, and sadly, inevitably, line up to honour more convoys carrying the casualties of a divisive war.

Last week, after a speech at the Chateau Laurier in Ottawa, Mr. Hillier played a video of pictures from the Highway of Heroes, with a Canadian version of the stirring U.S. country western anthem, God Bless the USA . (I am proud to be in Canada, chants the chorus.) A standing ovation followed in homage to the soldiers flashed on the screen. That's the easy part waving the flag a little higher, caring much more for lives sacrificed in service to country. Now the tough talk begins about the future of the country's finer fighting force.

Fuente: TheGlobe and the Mail
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Ejercito de Canadá modernizará Tanques Leopard 2A4.

22/12/2010

[Maquina de Combate <> 22122010-02] Rheinmetall ha ganado dos contratos con el Ejército de Canadá por un total de 87 millones de euros, para modernizar tanques Leopard 2A4 y proveer lanzadores de granadas. De acuerdo a Defense News, la empresa subsidiaria Rheinmetall Canadá proveerá al ejército canadiense con 304 lanzadores automáticos de granadas y 250.000 municiones de 40 mm, de varios tipos hacia enero 2012. La orden valorada en 70 millones de euros, esta incluída en el proyecto Armas de Spersion de Area, y el arma será denominada Lanzador Automático de Granadas C16.

Rheinmetall Canadá, actuará como principal contratista del proyecto, y se encargará de la gestión del mismo, ensamblaje, integración, soporte logístico, repuestos y soporte de ciclo de vida durante operaciones militares.
Rheinmetall también se encargará del overhaul y modernización de 42 tanques de combate Leopard 2A4 por un valor aproximado de 17 millones de euros, empezando los trabajos en 2012. Los tanques adquiridos de stocks provenientes del ejército holandés, serán equipados de acuerdo a los estandares canadenses, según el reporte, lo que les permitirá interactuar de manera integrada con estructuras C4I.

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Switzerland Transfers 12 Leopard 2s to Canada.
February 14, 2011

Switzerland is transferring 12 Pz87 Leo (Leopard 2) tanks to Canada, to be converted into 'support vehicles'.
Implementing the Armed Forces 95 and Armed Forces XXI programs, Switzerland is phasing out some of its heavy armor units. As part of this program Bern will transfer 12 Leopard 2 main battle tanks (Pz 87 Leo) to Canada. More of of the Swiss Pz 87 Leo fleet was therefore mothballed at various storage sites.

In recent years Canada has acquired surplus Leopard 2 tanks from a number of European countries, supporting its military operations in Afghanistan. 100 tanks (80 Leo 2A4, 20 Leo 2A6) were bought from the Netherlands in 2007. Twenty additional Leopard 2A6M were ‘borrowed’ from Germany from mid-2007 to support the Canadian deployment in Afghanistan, along with two Bergepanzer 3 Büffel (Buffalo) armored recovery vehicles. Canada has also acquired 15 German Army surplus Leopard 2A4 tanks to be used for spare parts. According to the Swiss Government announcement, the Swiss tanks to be delivered to Canada will be converted into support vehicles. The tanks are being transferred from Switzerland were stripped of the armament, radio-and intercom systems, to be used as spare parts for the Swiss Armed Forces.

Switzerland has bought 380 Leopard 2 tanks from Germany (of which 345 were locally built in Switzerland) to equip its heavy mechanized units; these tanks were delivered between 1987 and 1993. 134 of the tanks went through mid-life upgrade program in 2006. As part of the current force reduction, 12 tanks were converted into armored engineer and mine clearing vehicles designated “Pionierpanzer 3 Kodiak”, a combat engineering and mine-clearing vehicle, supporting the mechanized brigades.

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