Textron Wins Canada’s $700M TAPV contract

Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) designed and engineered to meet the Canadian Forces needs for the next 25 years.

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by Design Engineering Staff

Gagetown CFB, New Brunswick — Textron Systems Canada Inc. has been selected to manufacture 500 vehicles — with an option for up to 100 more — for the Canadian Forces Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle (TAPV) program.

The TAPV contract has a value of CAD$603.4 million, with an additional five-year in-service support contract of CAD $105.4 million. The first vehicle is scheduled for delivery to the Canadian Army in July 2014 and the last delivery is scheduled for March 2016.

Ottawa-based Textron Systems Canada, as prime contractor, will provide overall TAPV program and configuration management, act as design authority for change management, coordinate vehicle integration activities by Canadian subcontractors, manage the In-Service Support contract, and implement the Industrial and Regional Benefits program.

Engineered over a five-year-period to meet and/or exceed Canada’s requirements, Textron’s TAPV is designed to be the most reliable and technologically advanced vehicle of its kind. It draws on the company’s more than 45 years of experience in the design and production of armoured vehicles. A technology readiness level 8 vehicle, the Textron TAPV has successfully completed testing to confirm its ballistic, blast, mobility and reliability levels.

“The Textron TAPV will deliver an unmatched blend of survivability, crew protection, power, mobility and payload versatility,” explained Neil Rutter, general manager of Textron Systems Canada. “Our program team is ready to move forward to produce this modern and upgradable 4 by 4 armoured vehicle, which will serve the Canadian Army extremely well for the next 25 years.”

The Canadian Textron TAPV team includes Kongsberg Protech Systems Canada; Rheinmetall Canada; and EODC – Engineering Office Deisenroth Canada. As the program is ramped up, Canadian companies including Michelin, General Kinetics, Evraz North America, SED Systems, Ontario Drive and Gear, Mobile Climate Control and others from across Canada are expected to figure in the Textron TAPV supply chain.