General Dynamics Awarded $133 Million to Upgrade 66 Additional LAV III
Vehicles by the Government of Canada
EDMONTON, Alberta and LONDON, Ontario, Nov. 9, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable
Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister
for Status of Women, announced today that the Government of Canada has awarded
a contract modification valued at $133.5 million to General Dynamics Land
Systems-Canada to upgrade an additional 66 LAV III vehicles. This award
modifies a contract previously announced in October 2011 to upgrade 550 LAV
III vehicles, valued at $1 billion.
The LAV III Upgrade Project will now modernize 616 vehicles, significantly
enhancing their survivability, mobility and firepower and extending the
fleet's lifecycle to 2035. Survivability upgrades will include the
introduction of double-V-hull technology, an innovative enhancement developed
by General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada engineers, as well as add-on armour
protection and energy-attenuating seats. These improvements will provide crew
members greater protection against mine blasts, IEDs and other threats.
The LAV III's automotive performance, handling characteristics and payload
capacity will be optimized with mobility system upgrades including a more
powerful engine, more robust driveline and suspension, and a height management
system (HMS). The 25mm turret's crew ergonomics will be improved by
incorporating larger hatches, and its capabilities will be enhanced by the
addition of the latest technologies, including improved fire control, thermal,
day and low-light sights and data displays.
"Helping to protect the men and women of the Canadian Forces is a privileged
role, and we understand our responsibility and what is at stake," said Danny
Deep, vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. "The upgraded
LAV III will provide our Canadian soldiers with one of the most advanced and
modern vehicles of this type in the world. It will also provide much-needed
job stability throughout Canada's high-value defence sector."
The upgrades represent the latest armoured vehicle technologies developed by
General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada's engineers and its Canada-wide supplier
base. Significant work will be performed at General Dynamics' facilities in
London, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, as well as the company's nationwide
network of over 500 Canadian suppliers. All regions of Canada will benefit
from this work, which is expected to be completed in 2017.
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