Dan Ross, ADM Materiel, told a Commons committee that the refurbishment work would start in early 2009 and the tanks would be operational (all of them) by 2011.So in the wake of the Lt-General's high profile smack down of the government, they've basically decided to just let these $1.3 billion tanks sit. Pugliese received a general p.r. press release about the history of the tank purchase in response to his questions about when the tanks would be refurbished and made operational. The non-responsive response, he notes, was approved of by the PMO and MacKay's office.
But the latest response from DND indicates there is now no solid timeline for all this to happen. I’m also told by folks in industry not to expect the tanks to be operational until around 2013.
$1.3 billion so very well spent.