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1st Armoured Regiment at Mount Bundy

11 July 2007

Over 500 guests have joined 1st Armoured Regiment at Mount Bundy on Monday to see soldiers firing the Leopard AS1 Main Battle Tank for the last time. This historical event will also include a live-fire demonstration with four M1A1 Abrams Tanks.

In 1977 Australia acquired 103 leopard AS1 Main Battle Tanks as a replacement for the Centurion Tank. Fitted with a 105mm gun and two 7.62mm machine guns, the light and fast tank served the Australian Army exceptionally well in environment with little threat of mines and improvised explosives. After 30 years of service in the Australian Army, the Leopard Tank's last live-fire is a historical occasion.

Deputy Chief of Army Major General John Cantwell, and the Head of the Armoured Corps Major General David Chalmers flew to Darwin with numerous previous serving soldiers to observe the live-fire.

This final live-fire activity brings to an end the 1st Armoured Regiment's 58th birthday celebrations that included a formal parade to signify the readiness of the first M1A1 Abrams Squadron, a 1st Brigade Capability Display and Regimental Ball.