Canadian armoured vehicles begin testing
By Design Engineering StaffGeneral Automotive Defense Rheinmetall TAPV Textron
Textron’s pre-production TAPV vehicles pave way for full production by 2014.
Textron Systems Canada announced that its Marine & Land Systems division has shipped four pre-production Canadian Forces Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles (TAPV) to locations in the United States and Canada for testing and training.
The Textron TAPV Team, led by Textron Systems Canada, was selected in June 2012 to manufacture 500 Canadian Forces Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicles with options for up to 100 more. The TAPV contract, with options, has a value of $603.4 million CAD, with an additional five-year in-service support contract of $105.4 million CAD. As prime contractor, Textron is providing overall TAPV management, acting as design authority and coordinating vehicle integration by Canadian subcontractors
In early July, the first pre-production vehicle (PPV) was sent to Aberdeen Test Center, a U.S. Army test facility in Maryland, for qualification testing. The rest are at Rheinmetall Canada in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, where vehicle integration activities are taking place.
The company says testing and training is on schedule and full production is planned for January of 2014.