EVER hankered to own a 42-tonne main battle tank powered by a 10 cylinder, 819 horsepower diesel engine?
The army is giving away its de-commissioned 1960s vintage Leopard 1 models with priority to local historical groups or military history buffs.
The German-made tanks were acquired by the army in the early 1970s but never fired a shot in anger.
A squadron of the tanks was loaded in Darwin ready for deployment to East Timor in 1999 but were then unloaded over concerns “they would send the wrong message to Indonesia,” a senior army officer told The Weekend Australian.
In service for 23 years with the ADF, the Leopard replaced the British Centurion which did serve on active duty in Vietnam.
After pensioning off the Leopard the army decided to acquire an altogether bigger, meaner, brute of a tank, the US-made M1 Abrams.
Tipping the scales at 60 tonnes the new behemoth is armed with a 120mm gun and powered by a 1500 hp multi-fuel jet engine.
To be eligible for a free tank, interested organisations or individuals should write a proposal to Leopard disposals manager, 256-310 St Kilda Rd, Southbank, VIC 3006 by Friday, October 12.
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