Canada sets up Leopard 2 tank maintenance facility 42604161

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Canada sets up Leopard 2 tank maintenance facility
The Canadian Army has inaugurated a new maintenance facility for its KMW Leopard 2A4/A6 main battle tanks, at the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown. The 1,740 square metres maintenance and storage facility, consisting of various departments, had a total cost of CAD6.7 million.
     
Canada sets up Leopard 2 tank maintenance facility
Col. Daniel Maclsaac at the opening of the new facility standing in front of
a KMW Leopard 2A4 of the Canadian Army (Photo: Canadian Army)
     

It features open and closed areas; a conference room; three maintenance bays; a power pack storage room; a supply room for engines and major assemblies and a storage space for small parts, petroleum, oils and lubricants. All of these are found in a one storey building, featuring also a 52-tnne crane.

The new facility is complemented by the older building, which was upgraded with ventilation, mechanical and electrical services, and new stands capable of taking the tanks’ loads.

The Commander of the 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, Col. Daniel Maclsaac, said during the ceremony: “I am very pleased to officially open this new facility. It will contribute to the success of our mission by enabling the work of our professional maintainers to keep the equipment functioning at its optimum capacity, and to keep the training mission on target.’’

Special consideration was given in order for the design to be according to the Green Globes standards. For this reason, energy-efficient lighting fixtures, lamps and ballasts, lighting controls, energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment, high-efficient boilers, energy-efficient hot water service systems and building automation systems were used throughout the construction.

On the occasion of the inauguration of the new facility, the Canadian Defence Minister Harjit S. Sajjan said: “Our Leopard II Tanks are an important part of the Canadian Armed Forces and this new facility will help ensure that the equipment our soldiers use on a daily basis remains safe and effective as they support readiness training at home and operations abroad.”
 

 

 

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