After much use of the Leopard Mk.1, Canadian troops realized that the original Leopard, even though it could sustain much light arms fire, just couldn't resist a mine detonation right under it. So, the engineers at CanArms Co. took the original Leopard model and added extra armor. The side doors were put out and replaced by angled armor to delfect the mines' blow. The result: the new Leopard Mk.2 Mine Resistant Light Combat Vehicle (MRLCV) was significantly heavier than its older cousin. Consequently, the engineers replaced the older engine with anew hybrid diesel-electric engine, giving it a top speed of 70 mph.
The 30mm auto cannon was replaced by a Browning 12.7mm machine gun on a remote-controlled turret. The turret can also be adapted to fit 40mm grenade launchers, anti-tank TOW rockets or a mortar.
Crew: 2 (Driver and Gunner) + 4 passengers
Weight: 20 tons
Top speed: 65 mph
Armament: 1x 12.7mm Browning machine gun
Operators: United Canadian Army, Canadian Marines, Canadian SAS
A front view showing the overall shape of the Leopard Mk.2. Note the snow camo for use in Canada's northern provinces.
A side view of the vehicle. Note that the side doors of the original Leopard aren't there anymore.
A rear view of it.
A rear view of the MRLCV showing the rear doors. This is the only way to get in it, the side doors have been taken of.