Canadian army has restricted the use of LUVW Light Utility Vehicle Wheeled G-Wagon Mercedes.
The Canadian army has restricted the use of almost 300 trucks because of safety concerns that their turrets could come loose. The Canadian Forces is now in the process of fixing the problems on 287 of the trucks, known in the military as the Light Utility Vehicle Wheeled (LUVW) G-Wagon Mercedes.
Canada Light Utility Vehicle Wheeled (LUVW) G-Wagon Mercedes in Afghanistan
In May 2010, the service put restrictions on the use of some of vehicles, stipulating they "may only be operated if authorized by area commanders for high priority activities, provided thorough weekly inspections are completed," noted army spokesman Maj. Martell Thompson.
The restrictions affect about a third of the LUVWs, also known as G-Wagons, currently in service. Thompson pointed out that modifications to the vehicles are ongoing and are expected to be completed by March. The LUVW fleet is heavily used for training in Canada by both regular force and reserve units, he added.
After the problem was first discovered, the army sent out messages outlining inspection procedures that take around four hours per vehicle. Thompson said more than 700 vehicles in the LUVW fleet are unaffected and available for domestic operations, humanitarian missions and training.
The current restriction on the G-Wagon does not significantly affect the Afghan mission, according to the military, as the LUVW is no longer used outside Kandahar airfield. In 2006, the use of the LUVW in Afghanistan was restricted after a roadside bomb destroyed a G-Wagon north of Kandahar, killing four soldiers.