Light ar­moured ve­hi­cle III up­grade project


The re­cent ex­pe­ri­ences of the Cana­dian Armed Forces and other al­lies in Afghanistan and other op­er­a­tional the­atres con­tinue to demon­strate the on­go­ing re­quire­ment for a highly pro­tected, yet highly mo­bile light-ar­moured ve­hi­cle (LAV). The use of mines, im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vices (IEDs) and anti-ar­mour weapons have be­come more preva­lent, pos­ing a greater risk to per­son­nel.

The LAV III up­grade project will cap­i­talise on ex­ist­ing and evolv­ing tech­nol­ogy to im­prove the pro­tec­tion, mo­bil­ity and lethal­ity of the LAV III fleet. The project will mod­ernise a por­tion of the ex­ist­ing LAV III fleet to en­sure it re­mains a highly pro­tected, oper­a­tionally mo­bile and tac­ti­cally ag­ile com­bat ve­hi­cle that will re­main the back­bone of domestic and ex­pe­di­tionary task forces, ex­tend­ing the life span of the LAV III to 2035.

The up­grades on the LAV III will in­clude mo­bil­ity sys­tems such as pow­er­train, sus­pen­sion, run­ning gear and brakes; weapon sys­tems; and in­stal­la­tion of ad­di­tional ar­mour, height­en­ing its pro­tec­tion against in­creased threats.

The LAV III up­grade project will up­grade 550 ve­hi­cles with an op­tion for an ad­di­tional 80. Ini­tial op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­ity is sched­uled for 2013.

In Oc­to­ber 2011, the Government of Canada an­nounced a $1.064-bil­lion con­tract, awarded to Gen­eral Dy­nam­ics Land Sys­tems – Canada (GDLS–C) of Lon­don, On­tario, for the im­ple­men­ta­tion phase of the LAV III UP project. This phase con­sists of up­grades to the mo­bil­ity sys­tems, the weapon sys­tem, and in­stalling ad­di­tional ar­mour and im­proved seat­ing, strength­en­ing its pro­tec­tion against threats.

On Novem­ber 9, 2012, the Government of Canada an­nounced that the con­tract is now be­ing amended to ex­er­cise the op­tion to up­grade 66 ad­di­tional LAV III at a value of $151 mil­lion to sup­port the Cana­dian Forces’ re­con­nais­sance and sur­veil­lance ca­pa­bil­ity.

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