General Dynamics Awarded $133 Million to Upgrade 66 Additional LAV III Vehicles by the Government of Canada

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. 
For information about General Dynamics Land Systems–Canada, please visit 
More information about General Dynamics is available on the Internet at 
Media: Ken Yamashita, +1-519-964-5813,, or Investors: Amy 
Gilliland, +1-703-876-3748, 
SOURCE: General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada 
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