General Dynamics Canada secures LAV III upgrade contract
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The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced that the Government of Canada has approved an upgrade program for the LAV III family of vehicles. General Dynamics Land Systems- Canada will be the prime contractor and systems integrator for this program. The approximately $1 billion contract is part of a $5-billion investment the Canadian government is making for a fleet of armoured vehicles.
At the heart of the upgrade program is a high-capacity driveline and suspension that significantly increases the vehicle’s payload. While details will be worked out between GDLS and the Department of National Defence, initial plans are to modify the Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) to carry approximately 10,000 more pounds of armour and other equipment, including new weapons and electronics, potentially. Other features will be determined through discussions with the DND.
Once the scope of work is fully defined and a contract is issued, work will be performed at General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada facilities in London, Ontario, and Edmonton, Alberta, as well as by the company’s nationwide network of over 400 Canadian suppliers.