General Dynamics Awarded $1 Billion to Upgrade LAV III Light Armoured Vehicles by Canada 2210111
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|Saturday, October 22, 2011, 07:23 AM|
|General Dynamics Awarded $1 Billion to Upgrade LAV III Light Armoured Vehicles by Canada.|
The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, and the Honourable Julian Fantino, Associate Minister of National Defence, announced today that the Government of Canada has awarded a contract valued at C$1.064 billion (US$1.052 billion) to General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada to incorporate a comprehensive upgrade package into the Canadian Army’s fleet of LAV III combat vehicles.
The LAV III Upgrade Project will modernize 550 vehicles, significantly enhancing their survivability, mobility and firepower and extending the fleet’s lifecycle to 2035.
“Canadian soldiers need the best tools for the job and deserve the best protection we can give them,” said Danny Deep, vice president of General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada. “This contract will enhance the LAV III fleet’s survivability, operational capability and long-term performance through the addition of cutting-edge technologies. It will also provide much-needed job stability throughout Canada’s high-value defence sector.”
The LAV III’s automotive performance, handling characteristics and payload capacity will be optimized by the addition of mobility system upgrades such as a more powerful engine, more robust driveline and suspension, and a height management system (HMS). The 25mm turret’s crew ergonomics will be improved by incorporating larger hatches, and its capabilities will be enhanced by the addition of the latest technologies, including improved fire control, thermal, day and low-light sights, and data displays.