We would be 18 driving hrs from the Manufacture of the tank in Latvia verses a flight across the ocean and we would still have parts problems. Something tells me procurement has failed and excuses from all levels have been incoming.CO of the LdSH asked this in 2019, CCA at the time was very blunt about our parts issues and the concern about supporting a Squadron over there.
Being the Canadian way, we would have to ask for the parts, get approval from TB, then Parliament would have to vote on it (since it is summer break has to wait until the fall) ship the parts from Germany, via cargo ship to Quebec (would get held up at sea for 3 months due to contractor not paying the bill) Clear Customs (3 months), sit in depot for a year until people figure out what they ordered because it came in late and they already ordered new replacements. Then have a complaint that we did a sole source bid. Have to pay out the costs of that complaint. Then inspect (parts are timed out) re order and replace the new parts. Then finally ship the new parts across the country only to find out we modified our Tanks just enough that the part does not fit properly. Send off to third party repair facility back across the country for modifications only to be returned and then fitted. By then the tanks were removed from service due to the healing fence did not heal them. They turned into hanger queens. Sounds close to right.
I thought we had tanks in Latvia. Hopefully they have have been training some local Ukraine forces on how to use our modified tanks so it is a quick delivery.