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Land Warfare

Galvion delivers first Silent Watch packs for LAV 6.0

15th April 2021 - 16:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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LAV 6.0 LRSS fitted with Galvion Silent Watch battery packs. (Photo: GDLS-Canada)

The 40Kwh Silent Watch system will provide power to run the mounted surveillance system on the LAV 6.0 vehicle in Canada.

General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada (GDLS-Canada) has received its first Symbasys Swatpack modular batteries from Galvion for use in the LRSS reconnaissance and surveillance system aboard the future LAV 6.0 light armoured vehicle.

Ten Swatpack lithium-ion 160Ah/4KWh battery modules comprise the Galvion Silent Watch solution in a custom-designed ballistic enclosure on the LAV 6.0 vehicle.

LRSS on LAV 6.0 will replace 141 ageing Coyote LAVs, providing the Canadian Army with state-of-the-art technology for advanced target detection, recognition and identification.

The 40Kwh Silent Watch system will provide the power to run the mounted surveillance system, including cameras, thermal imagers, laser rangefinders and other onboard electronic equipment.

‘The robust bespoke solution can power these demanding electronics over extended periods of time, in all conditions, with no thermal or aural signature, preserving the batteries for engine starting,’ Galvion announced on 15 April.

Peter Rafferty, Galvion VP, said:  ‘Many years of development and a rigorous qualification program carried out over the past two years culminate in Galvion being able to deliver a unique set of capabilities for the LRSS LAV 6.0 programme.’

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