General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS) was awarded today a US$1.052 billion (C$1.064 billion) contract by the Government of Canada, for a comprehensive upgrade package modernizing 550 Canadian Army LAV III combat vehicles.
The LAV III of upgrade is expected to be completed in 2017, it will enhance the survivability, mobility and firepower of the vehicles, extending the fleet’s lifecycle to 2035. The program was announced in 2009 with the vehicle manufacturer, GDLS-Canada selected as sole source at that time. The current announcement formalizes the contract and sets the schedule for deliveries.
Survivability upgrades will include the introduction of double-V-hull technology also adopted by the U.S. Army, as well as add-on armor protection and energy-attenuating seats, enhancing the protection of the crew against mine blasts, IEDs and other threats. A significant part of the upgrade project will be performed at General Dynamics’ facilities in Canada – in London, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, as well as the company’s nationwide network of over 400 Canadian suppliers.
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 also be improved by incorporating larger hatches, improved fire control, thermal, day and low-light sights, and data displays.
As part of the contract, GDLS committed to reinvest the full contract value in Canada. The project is expected to maintain more than 2,000 jobs in Canada.