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I'll agree to call the heavy brigade in the "using what equipment we have" scenario an "ersatz heavy" brigade more designed to be able to teach and practice the skills and deploy with known risks and deficiencies. My two "if I were king" heavy brigades are tracked and more heavily armoured.I figured Heavy is fully tracked - I don’t consider the current LAV, M777 and some Leo’s heavy.
YupI do think you could field 2 medium Bde with a wheeled SPA and some other missing enablers.
YupA heavy Bde needs a blank slate and to be created from scratch - either retaining and augmenting the existing Leo2 or adopting a new MBT, a heavy IFV, a tracked SPA and all the other necessities.
I think the only way that Canada will ever commit to a true heavy brigade is if it commits to prepositioned flyover one in Europe. That means needing equipment back in Canada to train on. That essentially translates into two equipment sets. So one might as well have two sets of trained personnel (ResF heavy in my books).I’m not sure you need two heavy Bde, and not sure Canada can afford the bill