Source: CP

Oct 7, 2001 16:50

Facts on the Canadian military:

PERSONNEL

Total: About 58,000

Army: About 22,000

Navy: About 9,000

Air Force: About 14,000

Other: Staff, administration, support, etc., about 13,000.

KEY WEAPONS SYSTEMS

Army:

_ Leopard I tanks: recently refurbished with new turrets and sights.

Main armament is one 105-mm rifled cannon.

_ LAV (Light armoured vehicles): armoured personnel carrier-armoured

fighting vehicles. Main armament is one 25-mm chain gun.

_ Coyote armoured reconnaissance vehicle: equipped with long range TV,

infra-red and radar sensors.

_ M109 self-propelled howitzers, 155-mm gun.

_ C7 rifles, machine guns.

Air Force:

_ 80 CF-18 fighter-bombers. Some equipped to drop laser-guided bombs and

fire TV-guided Maverick missiles.

_ 32 C-130 Hercules tactical transports.

Navy:

_ 12 patrol frigates armed with a 100-mm gun, various anti-ship and

anti-air missiles.

_ Four Tribal-class destroyers equipped for air defence with standard

missile launch cells.

_ One Victoria-class attack submarine; three more on order from Britain.

COMMAND STRUCTURE

Chief of the defence staff: Gen. Raymond Henault.

Vice-chief (head of administration): Vice-Admiral Gary Garnett.

Deputy chief (head of operations): Vice-Admiral Gary Maddison.

Chief of the maritime staff (head of the navy) Vice-Admiral Ron Buck.

Chief of the air staff (head of the air force) Lt.-Gen. Lloyd Campbell.

Chief of the land staff (head of the army): Lt.-Gen. Mike Jeffery.

MOST RECENT MILITARY ACTION (not including peacekeeping)

1999: Canada sends CF-18 fighter-bombers to the three-month NATO air

campaign over Kosovo. They fly hundreds of bombing missions _ 10 per

cent of the allied total _ with no casualties.

1990-1991: Canada sends three warships, a squadron of CF-18s, an aerial

tanker and a field hospital to the Gulf War. There were no Canadian

casualties.

1950-53: Canada sends ships and infantry to fight with United Nations

forces against a North Korean invasion of South Korea. Over 30,000

Canadians served. More than 500 were killed.

MAIN ALLIANCES

NATO: Founding member. Fought in Kosovo under NATO auspices, operates

1,800-member peacekeeping mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina under NATO.

Norad: Founding member of North American Aerospace Defence Command.

Deputy commander of Norad, stationed at Colorado Springs, Colo., is

always a Canadian.

PEACEKEEPING

1. Bosnia-Herzegovina. NATO Stabilization Force. (1653 people).

2. Croatia. UN Mission of Observers in Prevlaka. (1 person).

3. Kosovo. UN Mission in Kosovo. (5 people).

4. Macedonia. (203 people).

5. Golan Heights. Middle East UN Disengagement Observer Force. (190

people).

6. Cyprus. UN Forces in Cyprus. (3 people).

7. Jerusalem. UN Truce Supervision Organization. (8 people).

8. Sinai. Multinational Force and Observers. (29 people).

9. Sierra Leone. UN Observer Mission. (5 people). International Military

Assistance Training Team. (11 people).

10. Congo. UN Organization Mission. (6 people).

11. Ethiopia and Eritrea. United Nations Mission. (7 people).

INDEX: DEFENCE POLITICS INTERNATIONAL

Monday October 8, 2001 12:30 AM

A look at armed forces in Afghanistan:

Forces of the Taliban:

-Troops: 50,000.

-Small arms: AK assault rifles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades,

recoilless rifles.

-Armored forces (650 vehicles total): T-62, T-54, T-55 main battle tanks,

BMP infantry fighting vehicles, BTR troop carriers, BRDM-2 scout cars.

-Artillery: 76mm mountain gun, 122mm and 152mm towed guns, 107mm and 122mm

multiple-rocket launch systems, 82mm and 120mm mortars.

-Air Defenses: 23mm ZU-23-2 automatic cannons, 100mm anti-aircraft guns,

possibly U.S.-made Stinger surface-to-air missiles.

-Air Force: 10 Su-22 fighter-bombers, 5 MiG-21 fighters, 10 transport

helicopters, 40 cargo airplanes.

Forces of the Northern Alliance:

-Troops: 12,000-15,000.

-Small arms: AK assault rifles, machine guns, rocket-propelled grenades,

recoilless rifles.

-Armored forces (60-70 vehicles total): T-62, T-54, T-55 main battle tanks,

BMP infantry fighting vehicles, BTR troop carriers, BRDM-2 scout cars.

-Artillery: 107mm, 122mm, 140mm, 220mm multiple-launch rocket systems, 82mm

and 120mm mortars, 100mm, 122mm and 152mm towed guns, 76mm mountain guns.

-Air Defenses: One ZSU-23-4 self-propelled anti-aircraft gun, ZU-23-2

truck-mounted automatic cannons, Stinger surface-to-air missiles.

-Missiles: FROG-7 surface-to-surface missiles, Scud-B short-range ballistic

missiles (25-30 missiles at most).

-Air Force: Eight transport helicopters, 3-4 cargo airplanes.