Saturday, February 25, 2017

We used to make things here, #252 Bobcat APC

The Bobcat was a Canadian-designed armoured personnel carrier developed in the 1950s and early 1960s. It was intended to be a replacement for the WW2 Kangaroo.  During the development period requirements changed frequently including adding the need for amphibious capabilities. This dragged out the long development period even further but eventually in 1959 an order was placed for 500 units. However, budget cuts to the armed forces in 1960 cancelled the order. When APCs were ordered in 1963 the newly introduced and cheaper American M113 was ordered instead.
 This prototype and two scale models on display at Camp Borden are all that remains of the program,

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