Last week I posted some pics of Canadian armor in Afghanistan and noted that the tanks had slat armor but the LAVs did not. Got this message from a reader:
The tanks in Afstan are German Army tanks, borrowed to cover the period until the refurbished tanks purchased from the Dutch are delivered. The 2A6s we’ve borrowed have the new anti-mine mods and are otherwise known as the 2A6EM. In effect, the Canadian Army is field-testing the Leo2’s latest mods for the German Army/KMW in return for a low rental fee. In the process, we can confirm which mods we wish for our soon to be delivered Leo2s from the Dutch. And there are probable maintenance benefits we are receiving from KMW. Thus the slat armour on the Leos but not the LAVs.
I read about the deal to buy some Dutch tanks, but I was unaware that the Canadians were using German tanks temporarily. It actually seems to be a reasonable plan.