Doug's 'HEAVY METAL' GALLERY

 

T A N K SC A R R I E R SG U N SA R M O U R E D   C A R S

 

202 Workshop, Montreal, Canada

This place has been around since before WW2. The workshop has been mainly 3rd and 4th line maintenance, meaning rebuilds. It specializes in M113, Leopard MBT and variants, and wheeled armoured vehicles: Cougars, Grizzleys, and Bisons.

 

A Leopard recovery vehicle. Note the fume removal trunking for workshop air quality.
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A Leopard gun tank. Canada doesn't have very many, compared to the quantity of tanks America has. They are mainly located in the east, Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, and in the west , Wainwight Alberta. These two bases are the main armoured bases with other nations coming to use the facilities, USA, Britian, and Germany. The vehicles are Leopard 2's, with a V-10 twin supercharged diesel power plant, electronic controlled tranny, 105mm main gun, and a welded turret. There is talk of upgrading to Leopard 3's, cast turret, 120 mm gun and full thermal sighting. Currently there are only 4 variants: MBT, recovery, engineering, and bridge layer.



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A Leopard turret on a test stand. Note the safety fence so that no-one and no objects get hit by a moving gun barrel.


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An M109 self propelled artillery gun. It has a 155 mm gun and shoots all types of ammo and uses bagged propellants. Basically an exact copy of the American version in current use. Easily shoots out to 20-25 kilometers.


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M113A1's



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An M113A2 Engineering APC.



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An M113A2 stripped, this vehicle is going off to become an M113A3. Canada is currently using A2's in many different configurations: troop transport, recovery, command post, fitter (mobile repair), TUA (Tow missle under armour, 2 versions, pop up firing point, and in a turret. Also working on prototypes of the A3 version. It has longer wheel base ( 3 feet longer and extra road wheel) more powerful engine, true steering(no more tiller bars), and a turret with a 25 or 30 mm chain gun.



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Not pictured: Steyr 10 ton truck
By far the most comfortable truck the Canadian army has! 4 way adjustable suspension seats, excellent drivers view and ergonomics, seating for three in the cab, seperate heater controls for driver and passengers, and a sun roof (actually gunners hatch!) This truck is Austrian design but built in Canada. It has an in-line 6 cylinder, turbo diesel engine with an intercooler. The tranny is a ZF 8 speed manual with a clutch and torque converter! The purpose of this is so drivers cannot abuse the clutch. When at a stop, you can engage a gear, hold the brake and release the clutch. The torque converter allows for slippage until the throttle is applied. At 1100-1200 the torque locks up and you have a direct coupling for power transfer.The axles have planetary gearsets for even more power. Almost all drive line acessories are air operated: diff lock on the two rear axles, inter axle lock for 4 wheel drive, front axle engagement at the t-case, Hi-lo range on the t-case, and the power take offs. This truck is referred to as a HLVW (Heavy Logistical Vehicle Wheeled).

 

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