The Armoured Corps should have supported the MGS concept and fought to retain the Tanks as well, along with appropriate Infantry Fighting Vehicles.
A LAV based Infantry with an Armoured Fist mounted in Leo 1s and CV90s would have been a much better allocation of funds.
The LAV based Infantry, armed with the MGS, and the TOW Under Armour turrets and RF TOWs, and the Multi-Mission Effects Vehicle supplying integral direct fire support to fight the mobile defensive battle, and conduct recce, would have left the Armoured Corps free to concentrate on fighting the offensive battle, as a mobile strike force, to be kept as a concentrated force. To be used judiciously. With its own, integral Rifles.
Wistful whatif...Does anyone see us dropping the LAV 6? Moving away from GDLS as our primary armoured vehicle supplier? Budget means we'll hang on to the LAVs and politics means we'll stick with GDLS.
The only hope I see of Canada moving to a tracked IFV for our mechanized forces is if the GDLS Griffin III wins the OMFV contract in the US. Then we could potentially have those built in London as a replacement for the LAVs (but not until the LAVs have reached the end of their operational life).
Until then I think we need to face reality and assume that we're stuck with the LAV 6 as our primary mechanized platform for the foreseeable future. If we are then we should at least make the we can of it. There are several capability gaps that we have that can be filled by LAV variants. SHORAD, ATGM, mortar, DFS (Centauro II 120mm turret w/40 onboard rounds?), there's even a couple of 155mm SP versions on 8x8 chassis that have been prototyped by IVECO and KMW.
That being said, I personally think that for any new platforms (tanks, MRAD and artillery for example) we should just buy what the US is using for the sake of commonality and interoperability. But for new capabilities tied directly to our LAV infantry (SHORAD, SP Mortars, ATGM vehicles, DFS vehicles, etc.) we should develop LAV-based versions. Wherever possible though we should again try for as much commonality with the US as possible where we can (for example the same RWS as the IM-SHORAD and IM-SHORAD-DE for air defence and maybe the MGS turret on a LAV for DFS?)
Cap badges were thrown aside, rice bowls tipped over, visions implemented
- 3PPCLI and 3R22e disbanded
- 2CMBG de-mechanized, re-roled as 2CIBG
- CCV survives, option exercised
- 10 additional A6M's purchased
- LAV UP includes key missing variants.
- ATGM project happens in reasonable timeframe in conjunction with LAV UP
- Ceasar/Archers purchased
1&2 PPCLI plus 1&2 R22e organized and equipped with proper layered anti-armor weapons from section to Bn, have Bn AT and Mortar platoons
1 and 5 CMBG each with two fully equipped (wheeled) mech Bn's, one tracked armoured CAB. Full Bde set of spares pre-positioned in Europe