UPDATE 1-Canada to ditch battle tanks, buy lighter vehicles

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(Adds quotes from minister, opposition critic) By David Ljunggren OTTAWA, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Canada said on Wednesday it would replace its aging Leopard main battle tanks with lighter armored vehicles more suitable for the kind of armed combat that Canadian soldiers are likely to face. Ottawa will spend around C$600 million ($460 million) on 66 U.S.-built Stryker vehicles, which have eight wheels and carry a 105 mm gun, as part of an overall strategy designed to make the armed forces ...

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