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    Canada downsizing to Strykers?

    In the War on Terror, Main Battle Tanks are becoming a thing of the past. Close combat in cities has never been a strong point of the tank...but it sounds like our Canandian allies are falling behind in MBT readiness and moving to a lighter Stryker force. Are they smart or crazy?
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    It is maybe not a good idea. The Gulf War II proved that the MBT is still very important.

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    • #3
      I guess it depends where the "next war" will be fought. MBT's are great in the open desert, but in tight quarters (jungles, cities, mountains, etc.) a more agile vehicle might be preferred.

      If the next war is in the desert, send the Americans...but if it is in the jungle we'll send the Canadians!
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      • #4
        Originally posted by LaPalice
        It is maybe not a good idea. The Gulf War II proved that the MBT is still very important.

        LaPalice.
        True, MBTs are still a very important part of the battlefield and will probably remain so for the forseeable future.

        The question is whether the Canadian Army needs MBTs.
        The last time Canada sent MBTs abroad for military ops was Kosovo. 4 Leos were sent IIRC.

        Considering the role Canada's military plays on the world stage, the Stryker appears to be tailor made for it.
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        • #5
          M-1s are fun for Iraqis

          MBTs have big value. They are a pain to keep running, a pain to move, and a huge pain to supply. There value is still very high. Look at Samarra today. 56 dead Iraqis and o americans. 120mm, 50 cal and coax makes the Iraqi go boom.

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          • #6
            Re: M-1s are fun for Iraqis

            Originally posted by LudwickD
            MBTs have big value. They are a pain to keep running, a pain to move, and a huge pain to supply. There value is still very high. Look at Samarra today. 56 dead Iraqis and o americans. 120mm, 50 cal and coax makes the Iraqi go boom.
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            • #7
              I am a reservist in a QM company. I was put in a Corps Support Group HQ as the Battle Captain. We have no MBTs on our base, but they are on many of the forward bases 3 or 4 miles outside of the gate. THey help when the enemy wants to drive around the post.

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