Though lightly armoured, the Leopard 1 tank is fast and well armed, with a 105mm L7 gun that is more than capable of dealing with any scouting vehicles of Warsaw Pact.
The Krauss-Maffei Leopard 1 adopted by the Canadians was the Leopard 1A3 with a welded turret fitted with the Belgian SABCA computerized fire-control system. The new tank was named the Leopard C1. An order was made for 114 tanks as well as a number of bridging and recovery vehicles. The first Leopard C1 tanks were delivered in June 1978, with all 114 in Canadian hands by mid-1979. These first tanks went to the Royal Canadian Dragoons, stationed in Lahr, West Germany, who provided the armoured battalion for 4 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group in 1985.