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.