Canadian Government Awards Contract to DRS Technologies Canada to Enhance
Networking Capability of Armoured Fighting Vehicles
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 30, 2012
ARLINGTON, Va., Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --DRS Technologies, Inc., a
Finmeccanica Company, announced today that a $38.7 million Cdn. competitive
contract has been awarded to DRS Technologies Canada Ltd. (DRS Canada) in
support of the Canadian Land Command Support System Life Extension Project.
Under this contract, DRS Canada will manufacture and deliver 13,624
Communication Selector Boxes and 4,937 Power Distribution Units – Small Form
Factor along with spare components, with two one-year options for the
manufacture of additional units.
The Communications Selector Box provides the primary user interface for all
Land Command Support System voice and data services, improving the soldier's
ability to select and change radio frequency bands in real time ensuring
seamless communications. The Power Distribution Unit - Small Form Factor is a
physically smaller, centralized power source to feed electrical current
simultaneously to all armoured vehicle onboard systems, from radios to
The contract will generate some 36 high-value manufacturing jobs in Ontario
with 100% Canadian content through direct program work and indirect offsets.
The work will be performed at the DRS Canada facility in Carleton Place,
Ontario, a recognized state-of-the-art aerospace, defence and space
manufacturing facility, with three Class 100,000 Clean Rooms (including
Surface Mount Technology production), a Class 10,000 Optics Laboratory and
more than 88,000 sq. ft. of production, assembly and test floor space.
"We are extremely proud to be selected by Canada to produce and deliver the
Communications Selector Boxes and Power Distribution Units for the Canadian
Army", says Steve Zuber, vice president and general manager, DRS Technologies
Canada Ltd. "These Line Replaceable Units further enhance the networking and
communications capability for Canadian soldiers and vehicle crews in the
mobile land warfare environment."
Production deliveries will take place over a three year period, beginning in
Spring 2013.DRS Canada is partnered with Varitron Technologies Inc. (VTI) of
St Hubert, Quebec, for the provision of high-volume manufacturing services.
DRS Technologies is a leading supplier of integrated products, services and
support to military forces, intelligence agencies and prime contractors
worldwide. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finmeccanica S.p.A.
(FNC.MI) which employs approximately 69,000 people worldwide. For more
information about DRS Technologies, please visit the company's website at
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