Canada plans to provide armored vehicles LAV and Roshel Senator APCs to Ukraine
According to information published by the "National Post" website on April 11, 2022, The Canadian Government has announced a new aid of $500 million to provide military equipment and armored vehicles to Ukraine, including LAV 8x8 and Roshel Senator APC 4x4 Armored Personnel Carrier vehicles.
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Canadian army LAV III 8x8 armored vehicle. (Picture source Canada MoD)
Citing John Ivison from the "National Post", Canada could provide LAV 8x8 armored vehicles from Canadian military stocks as well as Senator 4x4 APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) from the Canadian company Roshel, a manufacturer of light combat armored vehicles and law enforcement protected vehicles.
Citing the "CTV News", Canada will commit $500 million in both lethal and non-lethal military aid this year, which is on top of the $90 million in anti-tank guns, sniper rifles, night-vision goggles, armored vests, and other military equipment already provided to Ukraine.
Canada is also offering an additional $1 billion in loans to Kyiv through a special account managed by the International Monetary Fund to help the Ukrainian government weather the economic damage of the conflict, which has left whole cities in ruin.
The LAV also named Kodiak in the Canadian is an 8x8 armored vehicle that was built by General Dynamics Land Systems – Canada (GDLS-C), a London, Ontario, based subsidiary of General Dynamics.
The layout of the LAV si standard for an 8x8 armored vehicle with the driver seated at the front of the hull and the engine on its right. The vehicle is fitted with a two-man turret armed with one 25 mm M242 automatic cannon, one 7.62 mm C6 coaxial machine gun, and one 5.56 mm C9 machine gun mounted on the turret roof. The rear part of the hull can accommodate up to 8 infantrymen.
The all-welded steel hull of the LAV provides all-around protection against 7.62 mm small arms while the frontal arc provides protection against the firing of small arms of 14.5mm caliber. Spall liners can be added to the crew compartment to provide additional protection from artillery shell splinters.
The LAV is powered by a Caterpillar 3126B diesel engine developing 350 hp. It can run at a maximum speed of 100 km/h with a maximum cruising range of 500 km.
Roshel APC 4x4 Armored Personnel Carrier
The Roshel Senator is a 4x4 APC (Armored Personnel Carrier) that was unveiled in October 2018 during the AUSA Defense Exhibition in Washington D.C. The Roshel Senator is fitted with MIL-spec certified ballistic steel and .50 caliber-rated bullet-resistant glass capable of withstanding multiple hits, one-piece blast-resistant floor, gun ports, escape hatches equipped with a mounted turret system as well as mission-specific equipment and modifications. The vehicle comes in various layouts and door configurations (2-door, 4-door, hydraulic ramp), depending on the mission.
The Senator is powered by a 6.7L V8 Diesel engine developing 330 hp at 2,600 rpm coupled to a 6-speed automatic transmission. in APC configuration, the vehicle can accommodate up to 12 military personnel including a driver and commander.